There are some roofing emergencies that happen unexpectedly, like a tree falling on your roof from a bad storm. There are other roofing emergencies, however, that likely start out as small, undetected problems. Over time, small would-be repairs can turn into bigger problems. The longer they remain undetected, the bigger the emergency you will eventually have to deal with. Staying on top of routine maintenance and repairs is the easiest way to extend the life of your roof.
Roof maintenance can mean different things depending on the type of roof you have. Asphalt shingle roofs and wood shakes or shingles require more maintenance than other roofing materials. Metal roofs and tile roofs are lower maintenance. Ask your roofer how you can best maintain the type of roof you have. The shape and slope of your roof may also affect how to best maintain your roof.
Get routine roof inspections. If your roof seems like it’s in good shape, then just scheduling an inspection once a year will do. If you suspect there is something wrong with your roof, whether from old age, a bad storm, or something else, then call your local roofer for an inspection. Not all roofing damage can be seen with the naked eye or from the ground. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
If you see a lot of debris on top of your roof or in your gutters, that is a good reminder to call your roofer for an inspection or cleaning services. This is a very simple way to stay on top of your roof maintenance. Some roofs will require more maintenance to keep clean than others. For instance, debris seems to just slide right off metal roofs! But pine needles, which are more acidic, can eat away at asphalt shingles if left to sit too long.
All roofing projects should start with an inspection. When you get your roof inspected or cleaned, your roofer should be able to point out areas of your roof that need extra care or repair. It’s best to get those repairs fixed as soon as possible, or to replace any small roofing accessory in a timely manner. This will ensure your roof lasts longer!
Yes, proper roof maintenance can certainly extend the life of your roof. With proper maintenance, your roof could last 5 to 10 years longer. For more personalized advice on how to care for your roof, give our friendly roofing staff a call at IBEX Roof. We can set up a free inspection for your roof and let you know what repairs need to be made, how much service life is left, and a long-term plan to ensure your roof lasts as long as possible.