Roofs last between 20 and 40 year on average. You’ll need to replace your roof every ten years. But, what if there were an easy way to extend its life. You can extend the life of your roof by doing repairs yourself and using certain tips when choosing new materials. Here are some ways to make sure your roof lasts as long and as well as protect it from damage.
Tips to prolong the life of your roof
Clean your roof
Giving your roof a thorough cleaning is the first step to prolonging its life. Roofs collect dirt, dust and mold over time. This can make them wear out quicker than usual. Just use some soapy water on a sponge/cloth to clean the shingles. You can then use a leaf broom to remove any loose material from the roof.
Protect your roof from the weather by applying a sealant every few decades. The sealant prevents water damage and leaks. It’s very inexpensive and simple to do by yourself. All you need is a few buckets and a few brushes and rollers. It is as easy as applying the material between each row shingles of your roof. After drying, your gutter system can be used again.
To increase the airflow inside your attic, you can install vents. The heat rises, so venting it can reduce the damage caused by prolonged heat exposure. This also increases ventilation so that the roof doesn’t get as humid. The additional benefit is that vents divert rodents, spiders, and bugs from dark, cramped spaces.
If you find any missing or damaged shingles, replace them as soon as possible. If any shingles are missing or damaged, they can be easily replaced by a new one. This will keep heat, water and moisture from getting in your attic. It’s important that you replace any damaged or missing shingles immediately.
Repair Small Holes
Tar-based products can be used to repair small roof holes. This will prevent the hole becoming larger if you use waterproof sealant. The small holes can be repaired in a matter of hours.
For dry rot, check the area.
If you notice discoloration or mustiness coming from upstairs or walls, it is worth checking the roof underside. Wood begins to rot when it is exposed over time to water. This can cause structural damage and should be fixed as soon as possible. If you notice mold growth on your ceiling, it could be a sign that moisture has reached your attic.
Seal all seams
You can seal all seams that connect sections of metal panels like chimneys and vents with waterproof caulking. If these sections are not sealed, water can seep into your home. This is even more problematic if you have leaks that must be fixed. You have a higher likelihood of mold forming if the moisture remains in your house longer.
Look outside the walls
Make sure you check the exterior walls of your roof for water leakage. Check the roof’s condition every few year and inspect for damage, cracks, or holes. These areas can become damaged by falling branches or excessively close trees.