Did you know that up to 40% of homes in America have at least one safety problem related to their roof? This fact highlights the importance of making sure your roof is safe and secure.
This is easier said than done. Extending your roof’s lifetime isn’t an easy task, especially in Florida’s unforgiving climate. It is, however, well worth the work. Benefits range from saving money on property taxes and home inspections to saving money on having to replace your roof altogether.
That’s why we’ve put together the following five tips on how to make your roof last longer. Check them out and don’t wait to contact us today for all your residential roofing needs. We’re a family-owned and operated South Florida roofing company with over three decades of experience!
Replace Tiles and Shingles Quickly
The easiest way to make sure your roof lasts long, whether it’s a commercial roof or residential, is to replace tiles or shingles as they wear. Letting one or two tiles stay damaged during a rainstorm may not seem like a problem. Trust us, it is.
This allows water to get into your roof and attic. It can lead to warping, mold, and further roofing material damage. It can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and lead to serious problems in the future.
The bottom line: make sure to repair your roof as tiles or shingles are damaged.
Keep Your Gutters’ Clean
We spoke briefly about water entering your roof due to damaged materials above. Want to know another way water enters your house? Through backed up gutters causing a buildup of water. This is especially harmful during Florida’s hurricane season, when several inches of water can build on your roof.
This buildup of water can lead to a number of problems, including: warped and rotted wood, material deterioration, mold, and fungus.
Making sure your gutters are clean, secured to your roof and the side of your house properly, and able to move water along their length will protect you from potential backups of water.
Keep Your Trees Trimmed
Chances are a tree is never going to fall on your roof and crash into your house. If one does, however, the costs to remove the tree, replace your roof, and reinforce your walls are nothing short of astronomical.
Another subtler issue is when branches, leaves, or coconuts fall onto your roof and lead to problems. Clogged gutters, molding leaves, scratches and damaged surfaces, and more are all possible. Keeping branches trimmed and in order can prevent all the above.
Pay Attention to Your Attic’s Ventilation and Insulation
Do you know how your attic is insulated and ventilated? Probably not, but making sure both are done properly goes a long way towards keeping your roof in good shape and will save you money on your electric bill.
Make sure your attic is venting right by checking how air enters and exits it. You’ll want to pay attention to your central air unit and any vents in your ceiling and attic. Check if air is moving smoothly from room to room to outdoors. Check if air is unusually hot or cold in any areas it shouldn’t be.
Making sure your attic is insulated properly will keep it from getting too hot. Heat can lead to warped wood and all sorts of bacteria growing in your attic. You definitely want to avoid both. Pay close attention to whether any insulation is blocking your attic’s ventilation.
Make Sure to Have Your Roof Inspected Regularly
And here’s our number one tip: make sure to get annual roof inspections. Everything we’ve discussed so far is important but, unless you hire a roofing contractor do it, won’t be done by a professional. You want someone who knows about roofs to check for potential issues.
You’re going to want to have someone inspect your roof itself, but also closely examine your attic and walls.
Whether you need a roof inspection, roof repair, or something else entirely, we can help. Aastro Roofing has over 30 years’ experience in making sure your roof is in tiptop shape. Contact us today for a free estimate.