6 tips and projects to prolong your roof's life

6 tips and projects to prolong your roof's life

As your roof ages, severe weather is more of a threat and repairs can be expensive.

Peter and April Miller of North Shore Roofing & Sealcoating offer these six tips and projects homeowners should consider tackling to prolong your roof's life:

Proper roof ventilation: Installing a ridge vent, soffit vents and louvered vents or attic exhaust fans which are either electric or solar powered. This will keep energy bills down and prolong the life of the roof and minimize ice damage in the winter.

Cut back any tree limbs and shrubbery that are shading or touching the roof. Branches from trees or shrubbery damage roofs and inhibit the growth of moss. Not only are you preventing any damage to your roof by cutting back the trees and shrubbery, but you are also preventing any unwanted visitors from gaining access to your home through the roof such as squirrels and raccoons. They are cute to watch in the yard, but not cute to wake up to in your kitchen!

Gutters should be cleaned two times a year, in the spring and fall. Gutter guards should also be installed to keep large debris from clogging the downspouts.

Have all flashings inspected around the chimney, skylights and vent pipes. After a long cold winter, flashings may become loose and possibly dried out and cracked. Have the joints on the chimney between the bricks checked. The mortar may have become loose or have fallen out. This will prevent wind driven rain from entering.

If pieces of shingles are found in your garden or if you notice the shingles are curling or cracking, it would be a good time to have your roof inspected by a professional.

Flat roofs: Keep the area surrounding the roof drains free of any debris. Water pondering on a flat roof may be a sign of deteriorated roof decking and/or deteriorating insulation.  

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