Prolong the life of your roof


Prolong the life of your Roof:

Besides regular inspections, there are some things homeowners can do keep their roofs in good shape, and to prolong their life:

  1. Keep trees trimmed to prevent the branches from scratching the shingles and to avoid damage from falling limbs. Squirrels and raccoons can also reach the roof easily via touching limbs, and can cause extensive damage to roofs.

  2. Use preventive measures to prevent punctures in the roof when installing satellite dishes, Christmas lights, television antennas, etc.

  3. Always replace missing or damaged shingles as soon as possible.

  4. Never walk directly on the roof (especially in hot weather) - you can damage the shingles. To inspect the roof, use a ladder and view from the eaves.

  5. Make sure you have sufficient ventilation in the attic.

  6. Keep your roof maintained. An asphalt shingle roof - the most common kind - can be expected to last 15 to 20 years, if properly maintained.

  7. Keep gutters, roof valleys, and flat portions of the roof free of debris.


Some common things you can do to check for roof leaks

Little roof leaks can cause big repair bills. To keep leaks and excessive bills from coming up, learn how to protect your roof and your pocket book by taking preventive action.  

Although you should rely on a professional to inspect your roof, if you decide to do the inspection yourself, there are some tips you should follow:  

  1. Check your roof in the autumn, before winter weather hits, and again in the spring to assess any damage.

  2. The best time to check for roof leaks is during a heavy rain.  Look for water flowing over the tops of gutters, sagging gutters, leaks at gutter seams, or water pooling on the roof or in the valleys of the roof

  3. In the attic and on the roof, look for signs of mold. This means that moisture has gathered at some point, and could indicate a nearby leak

  4. Examine the gutters for leaks, cracks, and weak spots. Make sure the gutters are still firmly attached.

  5. Most importantly, have your roof checked as part of a regular professional home inspection. A professional home inspector can troubleshoot potential roof problems, saving you costly repairs, time, and trouble.

Coutesy of AmeriSpec Inspection Services

Mark Phipps

Mark Phipps

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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