If you have a leaking roof, you might be wondering how to prolong roof life. The following tips will help you to repair, replace, or prolong your roof’s lifespan.
The proper preventative maintenance routine can prolong the life of your roof much beyond its usual warranty period. Prolonging roof lifespan is the ultimate goal of roofing management and facility owners and operators because it translates to significant cost savings in unnecessary roof replacement or damage repair costs. Regularly inspect the underside of your roof for broken or missing shingles, cracks, or leaks that are causing water infiltration.
After any inspection of your roof’s surface you will need to take steps to protect the roof from future wear and tear. Protect your roof from heavy debris such as trees, bird droppings, and even ice dams by covering your roof over your grass and shrubs with an appropriate plastic. Regularly inspect the underside of your asphalt shingles for cracked or broken shingles. Remove any shingles that are becoming damaged or broken, and keep them out of the way to prevent them from being ground into the asphalt.
You should also add a sealant to your existing roofing system to protect it from future damage, especially if your preventative maintenance plan is not to replace or repair your roof. When adding a sealant to your existing roof to make sure it is a silicone-based product and only apply it to areas that are damp or that will not be exposed to strong sunlight. Apply a layer of sealant to the entire roofing system at least once every two years, but longer periods of time will ensure maximum protection.
Rain gutters are another area of concern that often results in roof damage. While these gutters are important pieces of equipment, they can quickly deteriorate due to the wear and tear of regular use. To prevent damage to these gutters, it is best to keep them clean at all times. Cleaning rain gutters will increase their longevity and prevent them from being compromised during normal operation, resulting in reduced water damage and mold growth.
A roof is one of the most important parts of a home, and the maintenance required will result in a more comfortable environment for the homeowner and lessening the risk of structural damage to the building. Protect your roof by using the preventative maintenance techniques outlined in this article to extend its life and keep it in top shape. Your roof’s lifespan can last up to fifty years or even longer with careful attention and preventative measures, call your local Kansas City roofing company for a professional roofing maintenance.