A new roof is easily one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime. Keeping your roof in good shape is the best way to prolong its service life and prevent a premature roof replacement. Your trusted roofing company, JBC Contracting, gives you these tips on making your roof last:
- Keep the gutters clog-free – Clogged gutters overflow, which can cause different problems. It could be a minor issue like water stains on the siding, which is a relatively easy fix. On the other hand, clogged gutters can push rainwater back up into the roof deck. The wood can soak the water and compromise the roof if not addressed immediately. In addition to having your gutters regularly cleaned, we recommend that you schedule a maintenance run after every storm.
- Keep the roof clean – As with your gutters, you need to keep it clean to prevent costly issues. Leaves trap moisture that can rot your shingles or seep into the roof deck. This damages not only your roof but also other interior components. Let an expert roofing contractor do the cleaning for you, as they have the proper equipment and skills to do the task safely.
- Trim overhanging branches – If you have trees surrounding your home, trim the tree limbs until you have about 10 feet of clearance. On top of keeping your roof and gutters free from fallen leaves, this task prevents squirrels and other small critters from getting onto your roof. Furthermore, sharp branches could poke, scratch, and eventually penetrate your roof. Strong winds can also break the branches, which can damage your roofing system.
- Prevent ice dams – Ice dams are continuous chunks of ice that form along the roof edges. If not prevented, water can find its way into the roof deck and later form leaks. Investing in modern and professionally installed roofing and gutter systems can prevent ice dams. Another way is by keeping your interior insulated. By preventing heat from escaping your home, you prevent water from melting on the roof and refreezing at the edges.