Tips For Taking Good Care Of Your New Roof

If your old roof didn't last as long as you expected it to, it might be due to poor maintenance. Your roof isn't really something you can have installed and then forget about. It needs regular care to extend its life to the maximum limit. Here are a few things you can do to prolong the life of your new roof once it's installed.

Keep Tree Branches Trimmed Away

Trees can do a lot of damage to your roof when the branches brush against it during windy weather. The constant scraping rubs granules off, and the limbs can even loosen the shingles or tear them off completely. Not only that but when tree limbs hang over your house, rats and raccoons have an easy time getting on your roof where they can do damage.

Hire a tree trimming service to keep your trees back away from your house, and if you get lax and notice that branches have been bending down and rubbing the shingles in the wind, be sure to have your roof inspected so damage can be repaired quickly.

Block Holes Made By Pests

Pests will chew through your roof if they're determined to get inside for shelter. Even if you put traps in the attic to get rid of the rats or other pests, you should seal up the holes so other pests can't use them for entry points. When openings are left in the roof for pests, anything can move into your attic. Pigeons could become a problem if they decide to move in and hang out on top of the roof where they can destroy shingles.

Rats will chew through roofing materials if they want to get inside, and a raccoon can make a small hole much larger so your attic is exposed to rain. If you hear scampering on your roof or activity in your attic, have your roof inspected to find out how the pests are getting inside so the holes can be closed.

Inspect Your Roof After A Storm

You should inspect your roof about once a year if you can. A good time is when you clean leaves out of the gutter since you'll be up on a ladder then. You don't necessarily have to climb all the way up on the roof to look for signs of trouble. If you see loose shingles, areas with granules worn off, cracks in the shingles or flashing, or other problem areas, then call a roofing contractor to inspect your roof for damage. Even if you've recently had a roof inspection, it's still a good practice to have another inspection after a powerful storm with hail. Hail can cause extensive damage to a roof and it isn't always visible from the top of the shingles. You might notice dark areas where the hail hit the roof, but a lot of the damage could be hidden on the back of the shingles.

An inspection and quick repair when your insurance will pay for the work can save you from having to replace your roof a lot earlier than necessary when it starts leaking later. Regular inspections and timely repairs are two things that will keep your roof in good shape and help you get many years of protection for your home.