5 Maintenance Tips for Your Roof

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The roof is responsible for protecting the home and its occupants from the elements, and as a result, it endures substantial wear and tears. Severe weather, like high winds and hail storms, can cause considerable damage to the roof and put its structural integrity in jeopardy.

Replacing a roof is an expensive process, and it’s not something most homeowners will have to do more than once or twice in their lifetimes. The best way to ensure a long life for your roof and to minimize costly repairs is to perform regular, routine maintenance.

  1. Roofing shingles are the most visible part of a roof, and they play a major role in keeping the entire system dry. Shingles can be made from a variety of materials like wood, slate, and clay, but asphalt shingles are the most common. A missing shingle or two may not seem like a significant problem, but when left unattended, it can cause serious damage to your roof.
  2. “When shingles are missing, not only is the dwelling open to the elements, it compromises the remaining shingles that are intact.“ These missing shingles allow wind to remove large sections which would not be vulnerable if the missing shingles had been addressed.”
  3. Shingles are typically damaged by severe weather like hail strikes, ice, and high wind, but Smith says tress is actually the biggest culprit. “Tree limbs are heavy and flexible,” he says. “Even if a limb appears to be well away from a roof, high winds can make limbs swing and cause lots of damage.”
  4. Smith says asphalt shingles contain many tiny granules composed of glass pellets that reflect radiation from the sun. If the granules are damaged or removed, the roof’s underlayment can quickly deteriorate due to sun exposure. He says you can check for shingle damage by looking at the area where downspouts are empty for deposits of the granules.

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