A new roof is a big investment, so it makes sense that homeowners want to maximize their roof’s lifespan, keeping it in good condition for as long as possible. If you live in your home for thirty years, you may be able to have the same roof for all three decades, as long as you take good care of your roof and invest in quality roofing materials in the first place. Or, you might have to install a brand new roof three times, if you never got your roof maintained or properly repaired. Learn what you need to do to avoid that fate and maximize your roof’s lifespan.
Regular Roof Maintenance
Most homeowners assume that after their new roof is installed, they won’t talk to a roofer again until there is a leak. Actually, this is a big mistake. Imagine if you took the same approach to your car—never heading to a mechanic unless it refuses to start at all. Your mechanic could have spotted the problem and helped you avoid the vehicle break-down in the first place.
While you might know the signs that your car is having trouble, few homeowners know the signs that a roof may develop a leak. That’s why you need to have a professional perform regular maintenance. Compared to repairs, maintenance is cheap. Plus, it helps you avoid leaks and damage to your roof, so that it will have a longer lifespan.
If you notice that something isn’t right with your roof, or you notice a leak from inside the house, you’ll call in a roofer to get it repaired. However, not all roofers offer the same quality repair. A roof is a complicated system that needs to be fixed thoroughly, not just with a band-aid solution.
Let’s say that your roof develops a leak near the edge. You call a roofer and they rip off the damaged shingles and lay down new ones. Your roof is fixed, right? No, the leak has done damage to the layers of the roof below the shingles, from underlayment to decking. Left unfixed, this can cause rot to spread through the roof, weakening it. You want a roofer who gets to the root of the problem, not just by replacing all of the damaged materials, but also by figuring out why you developed a leak in the first place.
Gutter Repairs and Replacements
One reason many homeowners develop leaks is that their gutter system isn’t working properly. Gutters are a key part of the roof, and sagging, clogged, or leaking gutters can reduce the lifespan of your roof. They can allow moisture to sit on the shingles constantly, which wears away at their protective coating. During a rare frost, the gutter water can freeze on the roof, creating an ice dam that can force water between the shingles. Any problem with your gutters will hamper your roof, so it’s wise to get them repaired and replaced right away.
Quality Roofing Materials
Of course, even the best-kept roof can only last as long as its materials are designed to last. In the long run, you’ll save money by choosing a quality roof that is meant to last more than a couple of decades.
Our team offers metal roofing from ASC Building Products and shingles from CertainTeed to help give your roof the longest lifespan possible. Visit our roofing installation page to learn more about these products or call today to speak with a local specialist.