Prevention is something we know is the key to avoiding problems, yet it can be challenging sometimes to find out exactly what steps you can take to prevent an issue. When it comes to extending the life of the roofing on your home, the best place to turn for tips is your roofing contractor, especially the one who installed your roofing to begin with. If you don’t know who installed your roof, you aren’t out of luck. There are still some general tips that can help you:
- Moss and algae removal- Growth on a shingle roof holds moisture, which can lead to premature failure of the shingles. There are companies that use a gentle cleaning method to remove growth, but be sure you don’t use a pressure washer, as that can damage the shingles even more than the moss could. A mixture of bleach and water applied using a garden sprayer and then rinsed off with your hose is often effective.
- Regular inspections- Most roof failures don’t start as a major problem. They start with a small leak that went undetected, often due to flashing coming loose that would have been realized during an inspection by your roofing contractor. Twice a year and after severe weather is a good frequency to consider.
- Be watchful of trees- Although trees offer shade, which can keep the sun from damaging your roof, they can also damage the roof if the branches are sweeping the surface when it is windy or a dead branch falls on your roof. Pay attention to any trees you have to be sure they are pruned regularly, and if one of your trees is showing signs of decay, it might need to be removed.
At Race City Roofing, we are here for all your roofing needs. As roofing contractors with decades of experience, we can provide you with specific advice about prolonging your roof’s life. If you haven’t had your roof inspected lately, now is a great time to call us!