If you want to extend the life of your roof, you must put effort into taking care if it on a regular basis. There are hundreds of precautions and tasks you can implement to ensure your roofing system remains in good condition for years to come, but among all these responsibilities, there are three specific undertakings that need to top your roof maintenance priority list.
Continue reading to learn what they are and what you need to know about each one.
Roof maintenance and care is vital to the overall lifespan of a roofing system. There are numerous responsibilities to consider when implementing roof maintenance, including protection, insurance, structural integrity, and more. But the fundamental secret to a long-lasting roof is proper insulation, proper ventilation, and routine cleaning.
These three tasks should be your top priorities when developing or maintaining a roof care plan:
❶ Proper Ventilation
Ventilation is important for roofing systems because it maintains air flow, which in protects all the materials used to manufacture and install a roof. In the warmer seasons, attics can reach sky-high temperatures, which can cause roof underlayment and shingle damage. In the winter, moisture can quickly become a problem for roofs. Accordingly, improper roof ventilation can lead to a number of costly and dangerous issues, such as premature aging, weakened or warping rafters, mold growth, algae growth, soaked insulation, pest infestations, reduced energy efficiency, and more. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) suggests to have a minimum of 1 square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. This recommendations applies to both intake and exhaust vents.
❷ Proper Insulation
Just like ventilation, proper roof insulation is significant to the overall lifespan of a roofing system. Insulation is more than just a means of retarding heat transfer, reducing energy bills, and maintaining comfortable indoor environments. Insulation is also key to a longer-lasting, problem-free roof because it protects structural integrity of a property. Common components like radiant barriers and reflective insulation, help to reduce the transfer of radiant heat, thus reflecting it back onto a roof. See our blog, “The Importance of Proper Roof Insulation” to learn more.
❸ Routine Cleaning
A clean roof is more likely to last longer because it is not damaged by debris, organic materials, heavy snow, ice, and other natural outdoor elements. Routine roof and gutter cleaning are vital to increasing its overall lifespan because it reduces the likelihood of structural damage, allows you to keep track of minor roof conditions, and gives you an opportunity to catch small damages or problems early on before they can get worse. If you choose to clean your roofing on your own, be sure you have experience using pressure washing machines and ladders, otherwise, there could be structural damage and safety risks involved. If you are inexperienced at either of these, it is recommended to hire a professional company to clean your roof.
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