A new roof is a very expensive proposition and – depending on the type of materials and the experience of the roofer – could set you back tens of thousands of dollars. Once you’ve put your money into that investment, it makes sense to protect it.
Even if your roof is several years old, keeping it in good shape will prevent the need to replace it prematurely.
Tips to help extend the life of your roof
Here are some tips to help keep your roof in good shape for the longest time possible.
Clean the gutters
Clogged gutters can cause your roof to leak. Damage to the facia and edge of the roof are typical problems caused by blocked gutters, but did you know that an overflow of water can also go upwards?
When gutters are full of compressed leaves, and water has nowhere to go, it can find its way into the roof sheathing, which over time may cause rotting and damage to the roof rafters.
Fixing this kind of damage could cost thousands of dollars to repair but you can avoid that by regularly cleaning your gutters at least once a year, if not twice. If you’re comfortable working from a ladder, you can do this job yourself, otherwise, organise The Roofman to do it for you.
Trim overhanging branches
While trees provide much-needed shade, they can also cause the need to replace your roof prematurely. Piles of leaves can accumulate in areas such as roof valleys and near chimneys and if they’re not removed moisture is trapped and the leaves gradually decompose. Not only does this allow moisture to gather on your roof, but it also creates a perfect fertile environment for weeds to grow.
There is also a chance of large branches falling during a storm and causing damage to your roof. Any branch, whatever its size will scratch the surface of your roof when it comes into contact with it. While the damage may be barely noticeable at first, it will over time become more apparent. Trim your branches to help extend the life of your roof.
Ventilate your attic
Ventilation is necessary to allow humid air to escape and cool air to enter the attic. Excess moisture in your attic is likely to lead to mould, which as well as damaging your insulation, could also damage your roof.
Proper ventilation can also save you money on your cooling costs. Trapped hot air in the attic not only makes your entire house warm but also overworks your air-con system.
For ventilation to work efficiently, you need soffit vents towards the lower part of your attic area and some sort of roof vent near the tallest part of your attic. This enables cool air to enter and hot air to escape.
Get a professional roof inspection each year
Having your roof inspected on regularly is key to preventive roof maintenance. Any roofer will tell you that if you have a problem, it needs to be addressed immediately to prevent it from developing into something more serious and more costly.
The Roofman offers FREE roof inspections and no-obligation quotes. We also provide a wide range of services to help maintain and keep your roof looking great, including concrete roof tiles repair, pointing, re clipping and pressure cleaning.
Replacing a roof prematurely is often unnecessary and expensive. Follow the tips above to extend the life of your roof and to ensure it protects your house. If you haven’t had your roof inspected recently, then make it a priority. Call The Roofman today on 0410 452 234 and keep the roof over your head for longer.