Roofing on all homes must last through many different types of weather and usage. Protecting your roof starts with knowing how to maintain the material, prevent mold growth, and understand how other roofing components can extend the lifespan of your roof. Lifetime Roofing wants to guide our clients on how to protect their roofs from damage best. With our maintenance services, roofing repair, and other resources on our website, all homeowners can have peace of mind about the safety of their homes.
Tips For Metal Roofs
Different roofing materials will require different maintenance techniques and experience different problems. For metal roofs, you can deal with rust, improper insulation, holes, and deterioration. Further in this guide are ideas that can help maintain all different materials of roofing.
Metal roofs are prone to corrosion, scratching, and denting, more than traditional roofing materials. When you perform proper maintenance and checkups on your metal roof, you can help the roof look pristine and help stop leaks. Regular maintenance can help stop problems from becoming bigger or a whole system failure. Metal roofs are chosen because of their long life, but if they are not properly taken care of, you may lose the long lifespan of your roof.
Tips For Asphalt Roofs
Regular cleaning is essential for all roofs, but asphalt roofs can benefit greatly from removing debris, sticks, and other build-ups. Asphalt shingles may have leaves, dirt, or even bird nests shoved under them that can start to develop mold growth and cause cracks, holes, or other deterioration in your roof. Some homeowners utilize metal meshed grates to limit the amount of cleanup that is needed constantly.
Take Care Of Your Gutters
While the gutters are not located directly on your roof, they play an important role in protecting it from damage and extending the lifespan of your roof. Gutters help water flow away from your home and prevent ice dams from occurring. When your gutter is full of twigs, leaves, or dirt, standing water occurs and sits on your roof. This causes ice dams in the winter and excess moisture sitting on your roofing material will lead to mold growth.
Trim Surrounding Trees
If you are seeing a surplus of tree branches on your roof and in your gutters, it may be time to trim the trees around your property. Trimming back trees not only helps keep your gutters clear, but it can also protect old limbs or the entire tree from falling on your home. Preventing major roof damage and extending the lifespan of your roof can be prevented by regular tree trimming.
Prevent Ice Dams
During the winter months in climates that receive a lot of moisture, ice dams are a common problem that can cause damage to your roofs. Ice dams can lead to your gutters detaching from the roof, cracking in roofing materials, and leaks inside your home.
Preventing ice dams and extending the lifespan of your roof starts with having clean gutters, properly removing snow from your roof, and ensuring your gutters are at the right slope to help move moisture off your roof.
Avoid Pressure Washing Shingles
Pressure washing your home can help it have a new life and make materials last longer. While most areas of your home can benefit from pressure washing, avoiding this type of washing on shingles can help extend the lifespan of your roof. Pressure washing can loosen parts of the shingles or remove their protective coating. Doing so may void your warranty or cause your shingles to deteriorate faster than normal.
Shingles can be cleaned using a leaf blower or a broom to get stubborn debris and dirt off of your roof.
Fortify The Roof
Your home’s exterior is constantly exposed to the elements and natural disasters. If you want your roof to stay intact through hurricanes, tornados, high winds, and major storms, you will need to fortify it. Spending a little extra money to firmly secure your roof with nails, ribbing, and metal flashing will help extend the lifespan of your roof.
Upgrade Your Roof With Lifetime Roofing
Obtaining services for your home should not be difficult. We believe in giving your home the attention it needs as soon as possible. Protecting your home is important because it needs to protect you. Having a safe and comfortable place to live requires a roof over your head. Lifetime Roofing is proud to provide a variety of services for residential and commercial spaces. Contact us through our website or visit us in North Salt Lake, Layton, or Park City.