Prolonging The Life Of Your Roof

by Greg on August 30, 2015

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There are a variety of factors that will influence the life of your roof and determine how long it will be before you have to replace it. Although some factors such as extreme weather conditions, are outside your control, there are a number of practices that you can adopt to help prolong the life of your roof. Unfortunately, this is not a topic that frequently crosses the mind of homeowners. It is for this reason that we overlook the elements that we have control over. Understanding the elements that have a direct impact on the life of your roof will help you avoid costly roof replacements down the line.

There are three elements that have a direct impact on the life of your roof:

  1. The quality of the materials and the workmanship. If you built your own house, or oversaw the work undertaken by your builder, you have some control over this aspect. If you were able to choose the materials for your roof, there are a few things you should have considered. Essentially, you get what you pay for. Make sure you purchase high quality materials for your roof. It may cost a little more to begin with, but it will substantially improve the longevity of your roof. Workmanship is also important. If the materials are of high quality but are not properly installed, you may fall victim to harsh weather conditions.
  2. Weather. Unfortunately, this is not an area that you have control over. Ensuring proper installation of your roof is vital to ensure it is able to withstand your city’s harshest conditions.
  3. Roof maintenance. This is the responsibility of the homeowner. A properly designed roof maintenance program will allow for detection of any potential problems, before they escalate and cause significant damage. Prolonging the life of your roof will save you thousands of dollars, not to mention the headache associated with this ordeal. To avoid a roofing disaster, ensure you put roof maintenance on the agenda.

You can choose to do this yourself or you can hire a professional. Either way, certain things must be checked in order to protect your investment. At least once a year you should do the following:

  1. Check your attic. Make sure there is no moisture that may be causing mold to grow. If this happens, your roof can be in trouble from the inside out.
  2. Check your gutters. Keep them free from leaves and other garbage. If they are not properly maintained, water can seep up into the eaves and damage the wood portion of your roof. A nightmare that no homeowner will want to deal with!
  3. Check your skylights. If you have skylights installed, they need to be cleaned at least once a year. Make sure they are free from leaves and other falling debris. You need them to stay in good shape to withstand harsh weather conditions.
  4. Examine your roof. While you are up on the roof, inspect it thoroughly to ensure there are no loose shingles and all debris has been cleared from the roof. If anything looks unusual, do not hesitate to call in a professional.
  5. Check for possums and small animals. These pesky little creatures will chew on just about anything. When food is not within reach, these creatures may resort to chewing your roof shingles and electrical wiring. If this is the case, you may need to consider possum deterrent.

During your inspections, if you find something unusual or problematic, you need to call a professional to give you an assessment. There are a large number of roofing companies in Melbourne. Choose a company that offers a free inspection and quote. Professional roofing companies will also be able to provide further advice on preventative measures that you can employ to prolong the life of your roof.

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