Whether you’re a new homeowner or already own your forever home, you should know how to care for your roof. It can be an intimidating process, but no matter what type of roof is protecting you, you must ensure it lasts. With the right amount of maintenance and care, your roof can last longer than you. Timely inspections, professional roofing maintenance, and prompt repairs all factor into the lifespan of your roofline.
Trim Your Trees
Here in Texas, it is nothing for a strong wind to tear down a tree in the neighborhood. If you have low-hanging branches, your roof is liable to take a hit. Before you go admiring your landscape with rose-tinted glasses, consider trimming back those pesky branches. You don’t want to risk scratches, gouges, or full-blown holes from a falling branch.
Clean the Debris
On occasion, climbing up the ladder and cleaning the debris from your gutters can make a huge difference in the lifespan of your roof. Debris like leaves and dirt can accumulate in the gutter and lead to standing water. Standing water then leads to rot and mold. Neither are good for your roofing shingles.
Don’t Skimp on Insulation
To ensure proper ventilation and airflow to your roof and from the attic, you need insulation. With proper insulation, you will actively protect your home from heat gain or loss, thereby preventing moisture from entering the underlayment of your roof.
If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, which are common in this area, be sure to inspect them every season. It’s easy to forego an inspection and wind up with missing or broken shingles. Look at your shingles for signs of wear or damage and note any issues or outright missing pieces that require repair.