The roof is an important part of your investment in your home. Replacement can be expensive, which is why you’ll want to extend its life as long as possible. To extend a roof life, consider the following areas for maintenance and repair:
- Clean Gutters: So much of your roof’s health is dependent on drainage. Rain, snow, ice and other precipitation must make its way off your shingles and down to the ground. If you fail to clean your gutters, precipitation and other roof-damaging debris can collect. Debris can also lead to icicles, whose weight can hurt your roof.
- Remove Leaves: Leaves and other debris on your roof can also hurt drainage. Make sure that your roof is clear of leaves to reduce weight, too. Wet or frozen leaves block drainage, and they also create a burden that may exceed what your roof is designed to withstand.
- Prevent Dams: Ice dams form when heat from your home sneaks into your attic, melting the frozen precipitation on your roof. As this precipitation rolls down to the edge of your roof, it refreezes and creates a dam that builds up debris. Proper insulation and ventilation in your attic should prevent ice dams.
- Trim Trees: Branches swaying and scraping your roof can damage shingles and create leaky penetrations. By trimming back trees in the vicinity of your roof, you’re protecting your home from damage-causing branches.
- Ventilate and Insulate Attic: Prevent ice dams and mold-causing condensation when you properly ventilate and insulate your attic. Not only does this keep your roof in good shape, it also prevents dangerous odors and allergens.
Regular service and maintenance on your home’s roof is essential: At HomeStar Remodeling, we provide services that will extend roof life.
Contact us today for service at homes in Delaware, South New Jersey and Pennsylvania.