Your roof is designed to protect the interior of your home from water damage and weather conditions throughout the year. However, over time, the very nature of your roof's purpose means that your roof will begin to deteriorate and break down, making leaks and interior water damage more likely.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to improve the lifespan of your existing roof, helping to reduce maintenance and replacement costs into the long run while also protecting the interior of your home from damage at the same time.
1. Gutter Cleaning
The most important, and also one of the easiest, things that you should do to improve the lifespan of your roof is to clean out your gutters regularly. Built-up debris can cause water to sit on your roof, which can cause the deterioration of roofing materials. You may want to consider installing gutter screens to prevent future clogs without having to climb up onto a ladder every so often.
2. Trim Back Trees
In the same vein, you may want to consider trimming back the trees that overhang your roof to prevent debris from falling onto your roof and into your gutters. This will reduce the physical damage that your roof may experience in the event of a storm that sends sticks and branches flying on to your roof but will also prevent such debris from holding on to water and moisture against the surface of your roof which can cause further damage.
3. Roof Coatings
Another important thing that you can do to increase the overall durability of your roof is to have a roof coating applied. These coatings can be made out of a variety of different materials, but are usually some combination of a plastic or synthetic material that forms a waterproof second layer or membrane over your roofing materials. This helps prevent general wear and tear and keeps water off of your roof (and out of the interior of your home) for a longer period of time.
4. Professional Inspections
Finally, the last thing that you should have done regularly to ensure that your roof stays in good condition for as long as possible is to have a professional roofer come in to give your roof a holistic inspection. This allows for the entirety of the roof to be examined and for structural issues to be caught early, which will allow for them to be fixed before they can spread and turn into a problem that will require the full replacement of your roof instead.
For more information, contact your local roofing contractors today!