Buying a new roof can be a costly project, so taking care of your roof can save you a lot of money. So, if you are looking to improve the lifespan of your roof, here are 5 tips you can follow.
1. Check the gutters (and other roofline products)
When you are looking to improve your roof’s lifespan, you must also consider the other aspects of the roofing system – namely, your gutters, soffits, and fascias. If your roofline products are blocked or damaged, this can prevent the water from flowing away from the roof, and contribute towards potential water damage
2. Carry out maintenance before and after extreme weather conditions
Extreme weather conditions can greatly affect your roof. For example, storms can cause wind erosion, snow and ice can cause water damage, and even bright sunshine can blister your roof. So, before any extreme weather forecasts, it is important to check out the roof for any damage that could be made worse.
After the extreme weather, it can be important to check your roof again to see if it became damaged, or the damage has gotten worse. This is particularly essential for roofing in Sunderland, Newcastle, and the North East where weather conditions can be more extreme than the rest of England.
3. Keep the roof clear of plants and debris
When plants begin to grow on your roof, the roots can begin to erode the tiles and cause cracks. Once the tiles are cracked, this leaves your home open to water damage. In addition to this, debris and moss can trap water on your roof, preventing it from draining away, which can further contribute to water damage over time.
Thus, you can improve the lifespan of your roof by ensuring that it is free from any plants, dirt, or leaves. Make sure to get the whole plant, including the roots, so it does not grow back. You can then get rid of any stagnant water that remains.
4. Trim back any nearby trees
As trees sway in the wind, nearby trees can begin to hit your roof. Though it might not look like it is doing enough to cause any damage, over time this can cause your roof tiles to crack and break.
In addition to this, if you have a tree near your roof, this can be a risk during a storm. If adverse weather was to unfortunately fell the tree, you are open to the possibility of the tree falling on the roof and causing extensive damage.
5. Spot small issues early
As with many things, smaller issues with the roof are much easier (and cheaper!) to fix than larger problems. Thus, it can be beneficial to conduct regular maintenance of your roof to ensure that you catch issues early, allowing you to fix the smaller issue right away and extend the lifespan of your roof.
Take a look at your roof regularly – whether you do so from the ground or enlist the help of a professional to climb up onto the roof itself. You can also spot problems by checking for water damage on the ceiling of your attic.
And there you have it – 5 ways that you can improve the lifespan of your roof, future proofing the structural integrity of your home for many years to come.