Once your new roof is in place, you don’t have to think about it again for several decades – right? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Even if your roof is brand new, you’ll want to maintain it. Properly maintaining your roof will extend its lifespan, reduce your need for repairs, and save you money in the long term. Luckily, roof maintenance is not that difficult. Here are five ways you can take better care of your roof throughout its lifespan.
Gutters allow water to properly drain from your roof and away from the foundation of your home. However, they have to be clear to do their job. Clean your gutters out twice a year, or hire a professional to clean them for you. If your gutters become blocked easily, consider having gutter guards installed to keep them clear.
Trees can drop leaves and branches on your roof, accelerating the rate of deterioration. Have any trees overhanging your roof trimmed annually so that they do not cause damage. You may even want to consider having them removed.
Good attic insulation reduces heat flow through your roof, which helps protect it from premature damage. If you don’t already have two layers of fiberglass insulation in your attic, add a second one. Or, consider upgrading to spray foam for even more effective insulation.
Attic vents allow warm air to escape from your attic, keeping your roof cool. Periodically check your attic vents to ensure they’re not blocked by insulation or stored items. If your attic often feels humid, consider having your roofer add additional ventilation. In some cases, an attic fan may also be helpful.
Make Minor Repairs ASAP
Small problems like lifted shingles, popped nails, or peeling flashing can become far worse if ignored. After every storm, take a good look at your roof. If you notice anything amiss, call a roofer for repairs, ASAP. Also, consider having your roof professionally inspected every couple of years so that minor issues don’t go unaddressed.Not all roof problems are visible from the ground. A professional can safely climb onto your roof and thoroughly inspect it.
Roof Maintenance Questions
Care for your roof, and it will keep caring for you. If you have any questions about roof maintenance or would like to schedule repairs, contact Moss Roofing in Indianapolis, IN. Our expert roofers offer comprehensive inspection, ventilation, repair, and replacement services.