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Roof maintenance is an important, but often overlooked by homeowners. Properly maintaining your roof, just like your car, extends the service life and minimizes problems.
Preventative roof maintenance is essential for your roofing system to live out its complete life cycle. Failure to provide necessary maintenance results in deterioration of your roofing system and costly early replacement.
Some things you can do to maintain your roof:
- Trim any overhanging branches. This helps prevent damage and will make it harder for animals like raccoons or squirrels to get onto your roof.
- Sweep or blow excess debris off the roof to prevent algae, moss or lichen growth as well as clogged gutters.
- In the winter time, watch out for heavy snow accumulation on your roof. Remove snow with a snow rake (available at your local hardware store) to prevent ice dams and limit the possibility of roof collapse.
What benefit is there in spending money every year to maintain the roof? Studies have shown that a roof that is not regularly maintained will only last about half of its expected service life.
Don’t assume that the warranty on your roof or home will protect you. Most roofing material manufacturers state in their warranty that roof maintenance must be done to keep the warranty active. If you’re unable to show that your roof has been maintained, you may run into problems if you try to make a claim on your warranty.
The National Roofing Contractors Association suggest an annual inspection and roof maintenance program to detect any problems before they turn into costly replacements or repairs.
The average roof is replaced 7-10 years sooner than the expected service life, simply because people fail to maintain their roofs!
A free roof inspection done by Roof Revivers will save you the trouble of getting up on your roof as well as give you peace of mind. Our highly trained contractors can spot problems that many homeowners overlook.
Want to learn more about roof maintenance or need a free roof inspection? Contact us or call 614-626-0387.