Something as simple as routine maintenance can extend your roof’s lifespan significantly. Read on as Northwest Construction, a top roofing contractor in the state, lists below the things you can do to make your roof last longer.
Fix Leaks As Soon As Possible
Serious roofing issues like wood rot and mold often start from relatively minor cracks. Left unattended, the water dripping from cracks and gaps can quickly accumulate and cause widespread damage.
Schedule Roof Inspections
Serious leaks should be easy enough to find and fixed immediately. On the other hand, subtler signs like tiny holes and loosened shingles, are harder to find. That’s why you should schedule periodic inspections. That way, contractors can find and identify minor damage before they worsen.
Vet Your Contractors
Keep in mind that it’s easy to miss signs of roof damage, so you’ll need to make sure that you hire an experienced and reputable contractor. Vetting contractors can take too much time, however. An easier way to vet your contractors is to look at their certifications. Non-profit organizations and manufacturers award them to contractors who have undergone professional training.
Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
Periodic roof inspections are conducted to find and fix issues most homeowners are unlikely to notice. It would be still better, however, if you can prevent these issues from happening in the first place.
Flimsy tree limbs hanging over your roof can damage your exterior if they’re knocked down by strong winds. Trim them before they can do any damage.
Clean Your Gutters
Some of the leaves and branches may end up in your gutters, clogging your downspouts. Although it’s a tedious task, you need to keep your gutters clean and free of leaks. If your gutters or clogged or have leaks, rainwater might spill onto your roof or drip down to your siding. If there are any gutter leaks, invest in a replacement for your gutters as soon as possible.
Don’t know any manufacturer-certified contractors in your area?
Northwest Construction, a GAF®-certified contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience, offers gutter installation and roof repair services. For inquiries, call us at (313) 277-7676. Or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in West Bloomfield, Dearborn and Taylor, MI.