Maintain Your Roof – Six quick tips to make your roof better and last longer

You home’s roof protects you and your home from all kinds of weather, bugs, animals and falling debris. Yet we rarely think about the roof until it’s too late—and then it can be a big investment.

Since your roof can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance, here are some things you can do to help extend the life of your home’s roof.

Look Up 

Twice a year (Spring and Fall) do a visual, from-the-ground Look for these problem areas:

  • Lifting or missing shingles
  • Damaged drip edge
  • Buckling, loose, or missing flashing
  • Missing or exposed fasteners
  • Sagging or broken gutters
  • Piles of granules

Clean the Gutters

  • Call in an expert a few times a year – and especially before spring storms. Otherwise rainwater can back-up and damage your home.

Trim the Trees

  • One good storm can send leaves and branches onto your roof

Look for moss and algae

  • Help avoid this by doing the following:
  • Keep your attic properly ventilated
  • Remove debris
  • Trim overhanging branches

Re-Caulk if necessary

  • If caulking is low grade or not maintained, flashing may not hold its seal. Call an expert if you think it needs to be re-caulked.

Check the insulation

  • Proper insulation and ventilation in your attic can keep your roof in good condition by preventing ice dams from forming and reducing moisture.