No homeowner or business owner wants to hear that it’s time for a new roof. Sometimes having a roof replaced is one maintenance issue that you put out of your head entirely and deny will ever happen.
As much as we wish they did, roofs simply do not last forever. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can put into practice in order to extend the life of your existing roof.
Most people assume that wind and other severe weather are the greatest threats to their roof maintaining its structural integrity. Storms do present an immediate hazard for your home in the moment, but over the course of time, the truth is that anything living is a real threat to your roof.
Animals and Non-flowering Plants Cause Damage
When algae, mold, or moss begin to make your roof their home, it creates an environment that starts to deteriorate the materials underneath. These contaminates trap moisture that degrades the surface of your roof.
Then there are the furry and feathered pests. When bats, squirrels, or other animals make their way onto your roof or in your attic, they can wreak havoc. From the inside out, vermin will actually chew through the protective layers of your roof and allow water to make its way into your home.
Birds can also be a menace to your roof due to the acidity of their droppings and building nests in gutters that hinder drainage. Here’s the bottom line…protect your roof from anything living.
Regular Landscaping Can Extend the Life of Your Roof
Trimming overgrown foliage and tree limbs that might otherwise hang above your roof will also help your roof last longer. Limbs and other debris from trees are a major source of roof damage.
Regularly monitoring your roof in order to spot leaks and missing shingles goes a long way in making it last. Spotting cracks, gaps, or holes means you can intervene with a minor repair before it is too late.
Replacing missing shingles will also protect your roof from further damage while extending the life of the roof. An experienced roofing crew like those at Dennis Robert Roofing are pros at inspecting roofs for leaks or missing shingles.