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A Guide To Extending The Life Of Your Roof With Easy And Effective Maintenance

by Matthew Fields

If you have recently had to repair or replace your roof, you probably would like to prevent needing to do so again anytime soon. Since proper maintenance is crucial to extending the life of your roof, it is essential to make a plan now as to which services you will need to schedule. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the tips provided below, even if your roof is still new.    

Blow, Sweep, Or Otherwise Remove Leaves, Branches, And Other Items That Do Not Belong On The Roof   

One unfortunate mistake that many homeowners make is to only clean their roof of debris once a season or less. While many of the items that shouldn't be there can be removed by hand, a soft rake or even a leaf blower might help if it has been a while since the last cleaning. Debris, if permitted to linger, can damage the area if it becomes wet and might even void the warranty on your roof under some circumstances. In addition, by cleaning the roof more often, it will not take as long and is likely to be easier. 

When debris is allowed to flow from your roof to the gutters, it can quickly form problematic clogs that can damage your roof, gutters, and any aspects of your home that are in the immediate vicinity of the water, as described below. Therefore, you may want to examine your entire roof after snow, ice or hail occurs, so that it can be quickly removed before it causes any problems or clogs your gutters, as explained below.     

Remember That The Gutters Are Very Important To The Continued Functionality Of Your Roof 

It is easy to walk the roof to check for soft spots or damaged areas and forget to check out the gutters. However, the role of your gutters is vital to the future usability of your roof. Specifically, when any portion of the gutters becomes clogged, rain is likely to back up. During a long or severe rainstorm, that stalled water will go anywhere that it can, including your roof or even your home. 

Since stagnant or pooled water is a known cause of damage to roofs and their associated materials, you will be better off cleaning the gutters on a regular basis or hiring a professional to do so for you. If you run across any big or complex clogs of dirt, debris, or other contaminants, you may not be able to pull it out by hand. The use of a small, rounded tool can help you to do so and a hose with a fine spray can quickly remove many of the smaller items, including leaves that got past your earlier prevention efforts.

In conclusion, with proper care and maintenance, many roofs can last for decades. When you want to extend the use and aesthetic appeal of your roof for as long as you can, it is a good idea to be aware of the advice discussed above. 

If your find you need to repair bits of your roof again, talk with roofing distributors in your area who can supply you with extra shingles and other tools to fix areas of your roof.