As with other parts of your home, your roofing shingles have a life expectancy – around 25 years in the case of asphalt shingles to as long as 100 years or more for slate roofs. Not all of them, however, will actually last as long as expected. From storm damage to natural aging and decay, there are many factors that can shorten your roof’s service life.
With that in mind, maintenance is vital to maximize your roof’s lifespan. Here are three ways you can extend its service life.
- Eliminate gutter clogs. Regularly cleaning your gutters helps prevent debris from clogging your system. Clogged gutters result in rainwater overflowing onto your fascia and soffit – the two areas of your roof susceptible to leaks and water damage. A small leak may not seem much, but it can actually grow larger over time, causing severe damage and affecting your roof’s lifespan.
- Invest in preventive roof repair. Perhaps, the easiest, most straightforward way to extend your roof’s life is by scheduling regular roof repair and maintenance. With this, you can spot problems like leaks while they are still small and easier to fix. Preventive repairs also helps increase the time frame between roof replacement projects, basically expanding the life of your existing roof.
- Ensure proper ventilation. Ventilation refers to how your roof breathes. It’s what keeps your system from becoming damage-prone during winter and preventing moisture issues during summer. With proper attic ventilation, your roof can remain healthy and in top condition for years, even until its maximum lifespan. Doing so also positively affects your comfort levels and energy efficiency.
As your local roof repair contractor, BSR will help prolong your roof’s service life. To schedule a FREE estimate, call us today at (607) 678-3611, or fill out our contact form. We offer complete roofing services in Binghamton and Vestal, NY, and nearby areas.