June 22, 2021

How To Make Your Roof Last Longer

Roofs are built to last.  That’s a phrase that’s used to describe a lot of different things - clothes, appliances, cars - but your roof takes it to a different level. The sole purpose of your roof is to protect your home from all kinds of things: falling objects, extreme weather, blistering heat, and bone-chilling cold. It’s like a shield for your home. And it bears the brunt of a lot of potential damage. While it’s built to last, that damage can take its toll. Fortunately, there are some simple maintenance tips you can follow to make it last much longer.   

Engage in regular maintenance

One of the best ways to take care of your roof is to keep to a maintenance schedule.  When it comes to actually getting up on the roof to replace missing shingles and tackle any moss that’s started to grow, you should keep your schedule to about twice a year. We also advise you get a professional to do this type of maintenance for you, as it can be dangerous to climb up onto the roof. There’s other maintenance you can easily tackle yourself, though. You can, for example, clean out your gutters at least twice a year - more if your gutters are prone to collecting fallen leaves and fruits.   

Start doing preventive care

Preventive care is a major boon to your roof. It can be pretty involved, but it’s well worth it - and it often benefits the rest of your home. First, consider insulating your entire attic with modern insulation materials. This can stop heat from getting trapped and drying out your shingles. It can also stop ice jams in the winter. Best of all, you’ll save money on heating and cooling You’ll also want to cut any branches that are growing too close to your roof. By doing so, you’ll limit how much debris gets into your gutters, and you’ll reduce the risk of a heavy branch slamming into your roof during a storm.  

Watch your roof like a hawk

Find the flattest spot on your roof to make a nest, keep an eye on your hatchlings… Okay, not like a literal hawk. Like a metaphorical hawk! One that watches the roof from the ground, because unless you’ve got a drone with a GoPro, you’re not getting a bird’s eye view. Bad metaphors aside, you should do a quick inspection of your roof every weekend. Just tour the perimeter of your home, and look for things like broken shingles, blistering, sagging spots, and the like.  You’ll also want to do a quick inspection after every storm.   And if you find a problem, call us! At Martens Contracting, roofing is what we do, and we’ll be happy to fix any damage we find. 

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