How To Help Your Roof Last Longer
The weather is one of the biggest factors that can take a toll on your roof and unfortunately, it is the one thing outside of your control. However, there are some steps you can take to help your roof last longer. Here are some simple things you can do to preserve your roof.
Avoid Power-Washing Shingles
The concentrated spray form power-washing shingles can loosen the granules from the products’ top coating which can result in roof damage that might not be covered by your warranty. Instead, try having a professional come and use a broom or a leaf blower, or they can manually remove the dirt and moss. For safety reasons, experts recommend that homeowners do not do it themselves.
Check The Ventilation
If you have inadequate or badly located attic soffits and vents, it can cause condensation on the plywood decking which supports your roof shingles leading to rot. Having a poorly placed exhaust fan can also do the same. This is again something most homeowners cannot determine themselves, however, a contractor can come in and check your system and suggest any fixes that would save you both money and headaches later on.
Check Your Gutters Regularly
It is important to check the gutters on a regular basis because it will prevent the buildup of water that can lead to leaks. Bobby Fischer who is the vice president of contractor programs at GAF also recommends cutting back heavy tree limbs that may brush against and erode roofing materials.
Insulate Attics Properly
Insulating your attics the right way will prevent ice dams which can also lead to costly leaks, especially in the areas where roofing planes meet. Typically, when the top layer of snow melts on your roof, it drips off. To counter this effect, a roofer can install a self-adhesive membrane which will protect against ice and water on select areas of the roof.
Fortify The Roof
Owners located in areas that are prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe thunderstorm-related winds might benefit from spending a little extra on the three-stage treatment of fortifying the roof. First, the installer will seal decking with special tape or sealant. Then, they use ring-shank nails, with ribbing that will resist wind uplift. Finally, they will lock down the roof’s edges with metal flashing.
For more information about preserving your roof and implementing some of these strategies, give Greene Roofing a call at (718) 941-1111.