A roof can be a very big investment, but it is one of the most important assets of your home. A roof can cause on average for composite shingles $18,000. Roofs tend to last about 15 years. Something that expensive and that important is worth protecting. Here are some maintenance tips to help make your roof last.
Moss, leafs and water can build up in your gutters which causes your roof to be slowly eaten away and water can wick into roof sheathing and even rot roof rafters. It is important you take a look at your gutters and the length of your roof. If you find any signs of sagging or bending, your gutters are carrying too much weight. It is important that you clean your gutters. A healthy roof means clean gutters
Trim Overhanging Branches
As we discussed leaves and moss can do a lot of damage to your roof. Trimming overhanging branches can prevent leaves and moss from building on your roof. Also, branches can also fall or touch your roof which can damage shingles.
Squirrels and other rodents that have access to your roof gnaw on your roof. It is important that you try to do as much as you can to keep these animals away. Things like making cutting tree branches so that they are not too close to your roof.
The outside of your roof is not the only thing you should be focused on. Insulation is very important to keeping the temperature inside at a good level. Insulation can also prevent vapor and moisture buildup on the underside of your roof.