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Tip Tuesday | How to Make Your Roof Last

The roof is an essential part of your home in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Tacoma. However, roofs experience wear and tear over time. A well-maintained roof can last for decades, while a poorly maintained one can encounter significant problems in a short period.

Let's talk about three ways you can help your roof last longer.

Regular Inspections

Regular inspections and maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your roof. Roof inspections can help identify minor issues before they turn into significant problems. You should inspect your roof at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. During the inspection, check for any signs of damage, including cracked or missing shingles, rusted flashing, or water damage. It's essential to address any issues immediately to prevent them from worsening and causing more significant problems.

In addition to regular inspections, regular maintenance can help prolong the life of your roof. Simple tasks such as cleaning out gutters, removing debris, and trimming overhanging tree branches can help prevent damage and prolong your roof's lifespan. When cleaning your roof, avoid using high-pressure washers, as this can damage the shingles and cause leaks.

For a more in-depth look at roof maintenance check out this recent blog post: 5 Roof Maintenance Tips All Homeowners Should Know.

Proper Ventilation

Proper ventilation is critical to maintaining a healthy roof. Without adequate ventilation, heat and moisture can build up in the attic, leading to various problems such as mold, mildew, and rot. This can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and cause it to deteriorate quickly.

To ensure proper ventilation, you need to have enough intake and exhaust vents. This allows for proper air circulation and prevents the buildup of heat and moisture. You should also make sure that there is enough insulation in your attic. This helps regulate the temperature and prevent heat from escaping through the roof, which can lead to ice damming and other problems.

To learn more, check out this recent blog post: Why Roof Ventilation is Important.

Professional Roof Maintenance

While regular inspections and maintenance are essential, it's also important to have a professional maintain your roof. A professional roofer has the expertise and equipment to identify and fix any issues that you may not be able to see. They can also perform routine maintenance tasks such as cleaning and treating the roof to prevent damage.

A professional can also provide advice on the best ways to care for your roof and recommend products that can help prolong its life. For example, they may recommend installing a protective coating that can help prevent damage from UV rays, or they may suggest upgrading your shingles to a more durable material.

A well-maintained roof can last for decades and save you money in the long run. If you need help, give us a call. We can provide you with free inspections and can provide a free estimate for any repairs.

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