What Can I Do To Help My Roof Last Longer?
Every year the cost of installing a new roof rises. It seems like virtually every quarter or so we are receiving a notice from one supplier or another that prices are going up. The cost of fuel to ship materials and the petroleum products used to make them continues to rise. It’s only natural that you want your roof to last as long as possible because you will be spending a considerable amount of money. After all, it is one of the most expensive home improvements you will eventually have to make.
Here are a few pointers on how to prolong its life:
- Keep tree limbs trimmed to prevent the removal of gravel. Gravel is the material that protects it from harmful UV rays. When limbs make contact it can cause the granules to loosen and roll off. These granules are critical because they protect it from the UV rays that can shorten its life.
- Don’t combine ventilation products without talking to an experienced roofing contractor. Combining products such as ridge vents and turbines to an area will impede the work of the ridge vents and can cause humidity to build up in your attic. This will cause your roof to prematurely age. (Plus, you will have purchased two products when you only needed one.)
- Power washing at the wrong pressure setting can cause granules to be loosened. Remember that these granules are critical to protecting your roof from harmful UV rays. If you are contemplating power washing, be very careful to have the machine on the right setting. Better yet, call a roofer or an experienced power washer.
- When you experience extremely high winds, such as a hurricane, it is an excellent idea to call an experienced roofing contractor. He will be able to tell you if your shingles have broken seals and/or if fasteners (nails) have been compromised. By taking care of this as soon as possible you prevent possible damage to your home’s interior. (Loosened shingles and popped nails may allow water to enter your home, which can result in interior damage.) It is also important to note that you only have a certain amount of time to file an insurance claim after an “event”. An experienced roofing contractor will be able to tell you if the damage warrants a claim.
Keep your valleys free of leaves and debris. Build up of this can cause a damming effect resulting in leaks. Do a regular and thorough inspection if you can see it from the ground.
- Never walk on your roof unless absolutely necessary. The less foot traffic, the better, because repeated walking can break seals and detach nails from shingles, as well as loosen gravel. Also, going up may seem easy, but it can look much higher on the way down! Leave the up-close inspection to a roofing professional!
At Colony Roofing & Exteriors we will never try to sell you anything you do not need. Our customers frequently ask us if they need to replace their roof right away. Many times we have told them that they still have a few years. Because we want our customers to trust us and refer us we make it a point to never take advantage of them. If you have a question about your roof or need an inspection, give us a call. Colony Roofing & Exteriors has been in business for over twenty-five years and the owner, Steve Furber, built homes for ten years. Our company has a wealth of experience from which you can benefit. Give us a call and let us make you another 100% satisfied customer!