How to extend the life of your roofing

There are many ways that you can save on the costs of maintaining your home as a

homeowner. Many people are often caught with their pants down when it comes to home repairs. They only discover that they have an issue that needs repair after it becomes a large issue, but there are many small ways that you can maintain both the inside and outside of your home that will keep it running perfectly with fewer major issues.  One area that usually takes homeowners by surprise is the roof of their home. Many homeowners make the mistake of completely ignoring their roof until they start to notice a problem like a water leak on the inside of their home. By the time that you get to that point, you are looking at some major repairs that will have to take place both on the outside as well as the inside of your home. If you are seeing water marks or stains on your drywall, then you are going to have to pull off they drywall and check for mold, treat it and fix any potential electrical issues that were also affected, have it professionally dried out and then have new drywall installed and spackled and painted. And that is just the inside of your home. Avoid expense roofing repairs by keeping up on small issues on your own. Follow these four steps to keep up on your roof repairs and you will not have to resort to calling your roofing company with an urgent issue.

  1. Look at your roof. It sounds silly, but think about it. How much time to you actually spend outside looking at the top of your house? Not much. By simply observing your roofing once a month, you can be the first to know if there are any changes to it that might need to be addressed. Fancy and sophisticated roofing contractors call this an inspection, and while you may not be an expert, you certainly have the ability to notice if there are areas where the roof is starting to sag, or if shingles are coming off.
  2. Check out your rain gutters. Make sure that you are regularly cleaning out the gutters and keeping leaves and branches out of them. You are doing this for two reasons: Clogged gutters do not allow water to properly drain off of your roof which can lead to roof damage and it gives you another opportunity to evaluate the state of your roof. If you are seeing a lot of roof shingle granules in your gutters, then your shingles might be in need of replacement.
  3. Replace old shingles yourself. A great way to keep your roof in good shape is to replace individual shingles as they age. You can track down shingles for cheap, or your roofer may have left the extra ones with you during your last roof replacement.
  4. Keep tree branches away. Trees that hang over the roof can knock into it during wind storms and cause major damage.
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