There are many things that can affect the life of a roof – workmanship, materials and climate all affect a roof’s lifespan. Your roof is a critical part of your home and making sure it’s in good order will help you save money in more ways than just the roof itself.
Avoiding Common Maintenance Issues
Small problem that go unchecked can lead to larger issues.
Here are some of the most common roofing issues:
- Sagging or overloaded gutters. Leaves and debris build up over time and can cause them to sag. Clean them to avoid water damage to the deck board and the boards under the gutter line.
- Unattended roof debris. Branches and debris can especially build up during storms. Clean these regularly to prevent rot and other damage.
- Unknown rot or weak spots. Every few years, get up on the roof or hire a professional to check the roof’s condition up close and fix any issues.
Making sure that your attic is well ventilated is essential, as poor ventilation can lead to many problems.
During the summer, especially in Albuquerque, a poorly ventilated attic can reach up to 160 degrees. This hot air can get through your insulation and heat up the rest of the home. This also affects the shingles, effectively frying them and leading to decay.
Insulating the Attic
Making sure your attic is insulated well is also critical to maintaining a long life. Insulating your attic properly will reduce the heat transfer and reflect the radiant heat away from your roof and adding to it’s lifespan.
Preparing For Damage
No matter what you do, any roof will be damaged over time. Damage can really add up during storms. If you keep on top of the smaller issues as they happen, it can lead to better protection during inclement weather.
You also don’t need a ladder to inspect your roof, just a pair of binoculars. If you notice anything amiss like missing, curling, or buckling shingles, arrange for a professional once-over.
Maintaining your roof is easy with a proactive approach. With proper attention, you can enjoy your roof for years to come.