One of the biggest investments that you can make in your home is a new roof. Depending on the roofing materials selected and the experience and reputation of the roofing contractors who install it, it could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Follow the below tips to help extend the life of your current roof and keep it safe.
1. Maintain Gutters
Gutters that are full of debris or clogged are one of the main causes of roof leaks. When water doesn’t have any place to go, it pools in your gutters and along the edge of your roof. If ignored, this water can deteriorate the edge of your roof and the fascia. Cleaning out your gutters can be a dangerous job, though, so if you don’t feel comfortable climbing up a ladder, call a trusted roofing professional to handle the job for you.
2. Trim Nearby Trees
Trees provide us with oxygen and, of course, shade, but if damaged, they can be one of the main dangers to your roof. If large trees near your home aren’t maintained properly, trees can cause more damage than good.
Falling leaves and branches can get caught in your gutters and trap moisture there, allowing it to cause water damage. Branches can even damage your roof if they’re large enough, but scratches and minor damage may go unnoticed. Keeping trees around your home trimmed and neat help, you avoid the dangers of falling branches.
3. Ventilate Your Attic
Proper ventilation is essential throughout your home, but it’s crucial in protecting your roof. Quality ventilation in your attic will allow cool air to enter your attic and allow warm, moist air to escape. Inadequate ventilation can lead to air becoming trapped in your attic and have your AC unit working overtime. It’s necessary to add vents on both the lower and upper sections of your roof so that air has a place to flow.
4. Stay Insulated
Roofing shingles can absorb heat, and if your attic isn’t well-insulated, your attic can heat up quickly. Blocking vents with insulation can lead to moisture build-up and wasted energy.
5. Get a Roof Inspection
One of the best forms of preventative maintenance you can do when it comes to your roof is having a professional inspect your roof. Expert contractors can spot problems with your roof that the untrained eye can’t and determine whether or not you need a repair or a full replacement. Quality roofers will be able to recommend specific tips on protecting the type of roof your home has.
If you’re in Southern New Hampshire and need roofing installation or repair services, contact us at (603) 365-7156, or fill out an online inquiry form. We look forward to working with you!