5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Roofer working on a new dormer by hammering nails into the roof edge

One of the essential components of your home is the roof, which protects you and your family from the weather elements. It is, however, one of the most expensive parts of your home to replace, so it is critical to take precautions to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. You can help your roof stand the test of time with a little effort and the right approach.

Keep reading to learn about four things you can do to help increase the life of your roof. 

1. Get Regular Inspections

During an inspection, a professional will look for signs of damage or wear and tear on your roof, such as missing or damaged shingles, cracked or curled tiles, or debris punctures. They will also look for signs of leaks or water damage, which can be especially damaging to your roof if left unrepaired over time. 

If you catch these problems early, you can take care of them before they worsen and require expensive repairs or replacements. 

Also, regular inspections can detect any repairs or maintenance needed, like cleaning the gutter. Taking care of these problems as they arise can help your roof last longer and keep your home safe. 

2. Ensure There’s Proper Drainage

When water stagnates on your roof, it can cause leaks, damage your home’s structure, and shorten the life of your roof. It can also cause moss, lichen, and other organic materials to grow, which can damage the surface.

Drainage helps to direct water away from your home and prevent it from accumulating on your roof. If you clean your gutters, downspouts, and other drainage systems regularly, they will work better and protect your roof and home.

3. Confirm Correct Installation

Failure to install a roof correctly not only causes it to fail early but will also make it likely to get damaged. However, correct installation attaches it firmly to the building, enabling it to withstand the forces of nature. 

Correct installation includes ensuring the roof material is correctly connected to the structural decking, sealing any holes or gaps, and putting flashing around any areas where water could get in.

Proper flashing and sealing techniques are another critical aspect of proper roof installation. Flashing helps seal around roof openings like vents and pipes so that water does not get inside the building. Sealing helps to close the seams between the different roof parts, like where the roof deck meets the flashing.

4. Trim Nearby Trees and Shrubs

Branches that hang too low can scrape against your roof and damage shingles or other roofing materials. Also, leaves and other things falling on your roof can trap moisture, leading to rot or other problems.

Additionally, pests like rodents and insects can also hide in overgrown plants, which they can use to get into your home through the roof. Pests can result in damage to both your roof and the interior of your home.

Storms and high winds can cause branches to break off and fall onto your roof, resulting in damage. You can reduce the likelihood of this damage by trimming the trees and shrubs near your home.

Please don’t take chances with your roof — it is a vital part of your home, and it’s essential that you keep your roof in good shape.

At Donny’s Roofing & Home Improvement, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to keep your roof in top condition. With our help, your roof can last longer, provide better protection, and save you money in the long run. Don’t hesitate to call us today and see the difference our company can make in your home.