Year after year, your roof takes a beating from the natural elements. The sun, wind, and rain can be hard on your roof regardless of whether your roof is brand new or older. Fortunately, there are some simple maintenance steps you can take to extend the life of your roof.
1. Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can cause ruined paint on your siding and water damage in your basement, but did you know that overflowing gutters can also lead to roof trouble? If your gutters are clogged, water can be absorbed into your roof and rot the sheathing and rafters. Twigs, leaves, and even bird nests can get stuck in your gutters, so it’s important to clean them out at least every fall and spring.
2. Clear Your Roof of Debris
Some homeowners don’t have to worry about roof damage from leaves if they have low landscaping, but if your house is surrounded by tall trees, piles of leaves may collect on your roof. If you don’t remove the leaves, they will trap moisture, gradually decompose, and allow moisture to collect in your roof. They can also create a fertile ground for moss to grow on your roof. Moss on your roof can be a nightmare as it can cause degradation and significantly shorten the lifespan of your roof.
3. Trim Overhanging Branches
By trimming the trees near your house, you can prevent leaves and moss from corroding your roof. Damage from leaves and tree limbs that touch your roof can cause harm to your shingles, especially in high winds. In addition, overhanging branches provide squirrels and rodents with access to your roof.
4. Check Attic Insulation and Ventilation
A properly insulated attic will allow your roof to perform at peak efficiency. Your attic’s ventilation plays an important role in maintaining your roof. Regularly check your attic’s insulation and ventilation to make sure everything’s running smoothly.
5. Get Regular Inspections
Regular roof inspections are essential for extending the life of your roof. Schedule inspections twice a year and if needed after a damaging storm or particularly rough hurricane season. The longer a roofing problem goes undetected, the more damage it is likely to cause.
Roofing Repair in South Florida
If you discover something troubling during your routine roofing maintenance, make sure to call a professional to check it out. Hercules Roofing is the leading roofing company in South Florida. To learn more about our roof repair and maintenance services or to schedule a free personal consultation, contact Hercules Roofing today at (561) 955-9889.