How to Extend Your Roof’s Life

Are you tired of constantly dealing with roof repairs and replacements? In this blog post, we will reveal expert tips and strategies on how to effectively prolong the lifespan of your roof. From regular maintenance to identifying potential issues early on, we have you covered. Don’t let your roof’s condition deteriorate any further. Read on to discover the secrets to a longer-lasting roof and enjoy peace of mind for years to come.

The Mesler Roofing, Siding, and Windows experts are equipped with the expertise and knowledge to handle all your roofing needs. Whether you require inspections, repairs, or installation, we’re here to provide you with top-notch service and unmatched customer satisfaction. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get in touch with Mesler Roofing, Siding, and Windows now, and let us help you ensure the longevity of your roof!

Understanding the Lifespan of Your Roof

To determine how long your roof should last, you have to take into account the type of roof, the type of material used, the quality of installation, and the climate you live in.

Asphalt Composition Roofs

Asphalt composition roofs generally have an average lifespan ranging from 20 to 30 years. However, luxury shingles can last up to 50 years in optimal conditions.

Slate & Tile Roofs

Slate roofs have an impressive lifespan of up to 100 years or more, making them one of the most durable roofing options available. Tile roofs, depending on the material used, can have a lifespan of around 50 to 100 years or more.

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs have an average lifespan of around 15 to 30 years, depending on the material used and the level of maintenance and care. 

For other factors that influence the lifespan of your roof, check out Architectural Digest for more! Now let’s dive into ways you can extend your roof’s life.

1. Routine Gutter Cleaning

Having clean gutters is crucial in ensuring that water flows away from your home and does not cause damage to your roof. Make it a routine to clean your gutters at least twice a year, especially during the fall months when leaves and debris are more likely to accumulate. Neglecting to clean your gutters can lead to clogs, water buildup, and potential damage to your roof.

Autumn leaves clogging a rain gutter on a roof

2. Trim Those Overhanging Branches

If there are any overhanging branches near your roof, it is important to trim them down to prevent damage from fallen debris, rubbing against shingles, or even potential damage from the branch itself. Branches can fall due to storms, high winds, or simply age and decay, and they can cause significant damage to your roof. Branches are also an entry point for animals to access your roof. Trimming them will cut off their access to your roof.

Middle-aged man trimming branches from a crape myrtle tree while standing on roof of house. Color, horizontal, silhouette, room for text.

3. Insulation & Ventilation

Having proper insulation and ventilation in your attic can help regulate temperature and moisture, preventing damage to your roof. If there is inadequate ventilation, moisture can build up and cause damage to your roof’s decking, leading to rot and other problems. Similarly, poor insulation can lead to heat buildup, which can cause shingles to deteriorate and shorten your roof’s lifespan. 

Thermal insulation a new house under the roof of air conditioner vents in new home construction on the roof

3. Clear Ice Damming

Ice dams form when snow on the roof melts and refreezes at the roof’s edge, preventing proper drainage. This can lead to water buildup, which can leak into your home and cause damage. Prevent ice dams by clearing snow off the roof to prevent melting, and using heating cables or ice-melting products to quickly clear any ice buildup.

Broom to brush snow off to prevent damage to roof and ice dams

4. Clean By Hand, Don’t Powerwash

Avoid using a power washer to clean your roof, as it can cause damage to your shingles, lead to leaks, and even void your warranty. Instead, opt for a gentle hand cleaning or hire a professional to do the job. Some cleaning solutions can be harmful to the environment and your roof, so choose a cleaner that is specifically designed for your type of roof.

Man on top of ladder cleaning moss and dirt from a building roof - his hand in messy gloves - view from the top of the roof

5. Get Your Roof Inspected Regularly

Regular roof inspections can help identify potential issues early, preventing costly repairs down the road. It is recommended to have your roof inspected at least once a year by a professional roofing company.

A man with hard hat standing on steps inspecting house roof

Skip the DIY & Leave it to The Professionals

While refurbishing furniture is an appropriate DIY project, it’s best to skip DIY on your roofing projects and leave it to the professionals. An improperly repaired roof can cause further damage that does the opposite of extending your roof’s life. Don’t attempt more than you can handle because accidents can and do happen to people untrained in roof repair.

At Mesler Roofing, Siding, and Windows, our experienced team is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to handle all your roofing needs. Don’t wait until a small issue turns into a major problem – schedule a roof inspection, repair, or installation with Mesler Roofing, Siding, and Windows today and have peace of mind knowing your roof is in good hands.

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