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2022 Roof Maintenance Checklist

Well folks, we made it! 2022 is here and with it comes a new roofing checklist. As long as you are staying up to date with all of your roofing needs, you should have a roof that lasts well into its lifetime with minimal issues.

 

Of course, the opposite is also true: ignore or neglect your roof and you could end up in a financial headache. The roof is one of the most important parts of your home or building, so follow along with these few checklist items and you’ll stay protected.

 

 

  1. Schedule Your Inspections

 

Not exactly shocking, but having a professional look at your roof twice a year is going to be your best bet to making sure your roof is issue-free. A professional roofer is going to know what to look for, what issues need to be solved right away, and what the estimate for those costs will be. They’re also the experts when it comes to roof, so if they don’t see anything during your inspection, you’ll have the peace of mind that your roof is ready to protect you and your family.

 

  1. Clean Gutters

 

We’ve said that the roof is one of the most important parts of your home. Well, the gutters are one of the most important parts of the roof! The gutters move rain, snow, and any other types of precipitation off your roof and away from your foundation. This makes sure you don’t have water damage from piling storm water. But if the gutters are clogged, the water won’t have anywhere to go and will pool up on your roof, which can lead to internal damage to your home.

 

  1. Limit Moss & Algae Growth

 

You obviously don’t want anything growing on your roof. Moss or algae can get under your shingles and even into your home if you don’t fix the problem right away. There are a number of factors that can lead to the growth of algae and moss, like lots of shade or a wet climate. If you’re in an area that is conducive to moss and algae growth, you are going to want to have regular inspections to make sure your roof isn’t home to these invasive species.

 

  1. Remove Nearby Tree Branches

 

Tree branches that hang over your roof have the chance to cause damage to your roof if they fall in the next big storm. These possible issues can be solved if the branches that hang directly over your roof are trimmed. We also mentioned that a very shaded area can lead to moss and algae growth, so best eliminate that problem right away by trimming any overhanging branches.

 

  1. Clear Off Debris

 

The more debris that is on your roof, the heavier it is going to be. And that debris can absorb water when it rains, leading your roof to be even heavier and increasing your chances at water damage. And if the debris doesn’t stick to your roof, it can run off into your gutter, causing the build-up that we mentioned in step 2. You want to make sure you are regularly cleaning the debris off of your roof to make sure there are no unnecessary issues.

 

 

These are just a few of the checklist items you should be regularly performing to make sure your roof has no issues. An inspection in the spring and fall from a professional roofer will always be our #1 recommendation, because they will know exactly what to look for and can perform any necessary repairs or maintenance to make sure your roof is ready to protect. But if you are making sure the above are taken care of, you are going to be in much better shape!

 

 

Simple Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof

The average lifespan of a residential roof made with traditional materials like asphalt shingles or wood shake is 20 to 30 years. While this does not take extreme weather or other external factors into account, it is still a good estimate for most homeowners.

Extreme conditions notwithstanding, there are many things that you can do as a homeowner to either shorten or extend the lifespan of your residential roof. Today, the All Area Roofing team is sharing five very simple ways that you can extend the lifespan of your residential roof. Read all about how to do it below!

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Residential Roof

Schedule regular inspections

Just like yearly physicals are key to keeping your body healthy and detecting problems before they become major, annual (or even bi-annual with our wacky Florida weather) roofing inspections are vital to keeping your roof in great condition. Regular inspections can help detect problems early, allowing you to take action before they become so big that a replacement is your only option.

Keep Up with Routine Maintenance

Staying on top of routine maintenance can go a very long way in extending the lifespan of your residential roof. Homeowners are often unaware that seemingly harmless things such as clogged gutters, moss growth, or debris on their roof can lead to serious damage if left untreated. Hiring a professional to take care of these problems is quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to call in a pro if you notice any of these issues.

Acting Quickly on Repair Needs

Roof repairs don’t always come cheap, but acting on repairs as soon as they are detected is always going to be less expensive than waiting until the damage is even worse and you are now in need of major work or even total replacement. Listen to your local residential roof professional if they say you need to make repairs and act on them as quickly as possible to save you even more trouble and money in the long run.

Don’t Forget the Attic

Your attic is a major part of your roofing system, but it can sometimes be neglected. Factors such as improper ventilation and/or insulation, wood rot, mold or mildew growth, and hidden leaks can all impact the longevity of your roof. Be sure to include your attic in inspections too!

Trim Nearby Trees

Tree branches that have grown so long they extend over your residential roof may look nice, but they can also cause major damage to your roof if left alone. Storms, critters, and wood rot can all cause the overhanging branch to snap and fall on your roof, puncturing your shingles as it lands. Trimming tree limbs before they become a problem is an extremely easy way to protect your property.

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make over the course of your life. Protect your investment by treating your roof and the rest of your property with extreme care. If you are in the central Florida area and in need of a bit of help protecting your roof, the All Area Roofing team is here to help. Call our team today to schedule your free inspection before the holidays!