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The ultimate guide to increasing the lifespan of your roof.

The roof on your home in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Bremerton is essential to help keep the weather outside. We know you want to get the most out of your roof, so let's talk more about how to increase the lifespan of a roof.

Inspect Your Roof Regularly

One of the best ways to increase the lifespan of your roof is to inspect it regularly. This can help you identify any potential problems before they become serious issues. Make sure to inspect your roof at least twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall. Look for signs of damage, like cracked or missing shingles, and check for any leaks.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and damage your roof. Make sure to clean your gutters regularly to prevent this from happening. We recommend you clean your gutters at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, and if you can, install gutter guards to help prevent debris from clogging your gutters.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Overhanging branches can cause several problems for your roof. They can scratch the roof, damage your gutters, and even fall onto your roof during a storm. Make sure to trim any overhanging branches regularly to prevent these issues from occurring.

Check out more in a recent Tip Tuesday post: Trim Your Troublesome Trees.

Keep Your Roof Clean

In the Pacific Northwest, dirt and debris, like moss and pine needles, can accumulate fairly quickly. Make sure to clean your roof regularly to prevent this from happening.

To learn more, check out this recent blog post: How to Treat Moss on Your Roof.

Repair Any Damage Promptly

If you notice any damage to your roof, repair it promptly. Ignoring damage can lead to more serious and expensive problems down the line. If you’re not comfortable making repairs yourself, hire a professional to do the job for you.

Check Your Ventilation

Proper ventilation ensures any excess heat and moisture are not an issue in your home. Heat and moisture buildup cause problems like mold, deterioration of your insulation, and issues with your roof and shingles.

Learn more in this recent blog post: Why Roof Ventilation is Important.

Use High-Quality Materials

A new roof is an investment, and spending money on good-quality shingles and roofing materials can help improve the lifespan of your roof. While this may cost more upfront, it can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements.

Hire a Professional

A new roof is a job for a professional. Not only will a professional roofing contractor ensure your roof is installed properly and maintained correctly, but they will also become your trusted advisor.

If you think you might need a new roof, give us a call. We provide free inspections and estimates and work with you to determine the best next steps.

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