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Roof Maintenance Steps That Help Prolong The Life Of Your Roof And Prevent Leaks

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Even though your asphalt roof will eventually wear out due to age, you can prolong its life as long as possible if you maintain it properly. If you're not handy with home improvement chores, you can hire your local roof maintenance services to inspect and make repairs as necessary. Here are some routine tasks that might be needed.

Asphalt Shingle Inspection And Repair

A strong storm can damage your roof and eventually lead to leaks if repairs aren't made soon enough. High winds can lift and loosen shingles, and flying debris can cause cracks or scrape off the coating of asphalt granules. Hail, in particular, can do a lot of damage to a roof, and you may even need a new roof put on if there's a lot of hail damage. Animals can also cause roof damage; rats and raccoons can chew holes in the roof that are difficult to see unless the roof is inspected from above or from inside the attic.

It's a good practice to have your roof checked after a severe storm when you fear roof damage has occurred, but it's also a good idea to have your roof inspected annually when the gutters are cleaned, just so damage from animals or tree branches can be found and repaired in a timely manner.

Gutter And Roof Cleaning

Although gutters are separate from the roof, they are part of the roof system because if they are clogged then water can back up under the shingles. Keeping your gutters cleaned out is important for the longevity of your roof. The best time for cleaning gutters is in the fall after all the leaves have fallen from nearby trees. In addition to cleaning out the gutters, the roofing service company can also check them for proper drainage and leaks to make sure they're working properly.

When the gutters are cleaned, it's a good time to clean wet clumps of leaves and tree branches off of the roof. Sometimes leaves can accumulate in the valleys of your roof and lead to problems as they decay and hold moisture against the shingles. These should be cleaned off if they don't blow away or roll off the roof by themselves.

Flashing Leak Inspection And Sealing

Leaks can occur around things that protrude through the roof, such as a chimney or plumbing vent pipe. Flashing is installed around these protrusions to prevent leaking, but sometimes the flashing can work loose if it's metal or it can crack and degrade if it's rubber. Since flashing is a common source of leaks, these areas should be checked regularly for gaps or damage, and then be replaced or repaired as needed. This type of roof leak is almost impossible to detect from the ground, so having the flashing inspected while the maintenance service is cleaning or inspecting the shingles is an important part of roof maintenance.

You can't control the weather, so your roof will be exposed to all kinds of dangers including UV exposure. Shingles will gradually wear down and need to be replaced, but since a new roof is an expensive investment, you'll want yours to last as long as possible. The best way to achieve that goal is with regular roof maintenance.