The work of a responsible homeowner does not stop when he toils through the move-in process. The real work comes after the acquisition when you need to face all the expensive maintenance costs. When talking about high maintenance areas of the home, the exterior is one of the first that comes to mind. Roof repairs or installations can carry a very heavy price tag. At the end of the day the roof is what protects your home; It's like clothing for your home. The complexity and cost of the repairs will also depend on materials used. With shingles for example, repairs can be more delicate as shingles tend to be more vulnerable – in comparison to other materials – as they age. Hence, more homeowners get concerned at how they can make their shingle roofing last. Hence, to know how you can lengthen the lifespan of your shingles, here are few important tips to keep in mind:
1. Inspection during spring – You may be wondering why inspect during spring and not during any other time of the year? Why not during winter – because it is practically hazardous as your roof will take a serious beating during this time. Why not during summer – because shingles are more brittle during hot seasons. Fall is actually a good time too, depending on how early cold, dry season starts in your area. It is important to note how important inspections are in keeping your shingle roof in good condition. This will allow you to see the pooling of water and any water damage on your roof. This will also allow you to observe wind and gutter damage, which are equally issues you need to address right away.
2. Regular cleaning – Maintaining a roof is much like maintaining any other part of the house – you will need to clean it regularly. Remember that cleaning your roof will free it from debris that may clog your downspouts and cause water pools. Hence, cleaning will prevent the occurrence of more serious roofing issues. Regular cleaning procedures include cleaning gutters and downspouts, trimming branches or trees and removing accumulated debris from gutter, and checking for proper ventilation and attic insulation.
3. Knowing when to call the experts – Lastly, in order to be assured that your shingle roof will last long, you need to know when to call the experts for help. You will need expert help when you need to replace missing or worn out shingles, when repairing damaged flashings, and when you need to replace the entire roof altogether. It is also important to remember that when a shingle roofing looks quite old, it is better to just replace it altogether than repaint it as chemicals in paint will only make the shingles more vulnerable. If you cannot afford new shingles than the best thing due to is contact a contractor that specializes in saving roofing.
It is our obligation, as responsible homeowners, to take care of all the crucial aspects of the house and make sure they will be functioning for a full lifespan. When it comes to shingles, it is very important to take note how vulnerable the materials get during hot seasons and as they get old. It is also important to know when to call expert contractors for help. Keep these tips in mind so that you can lengthen the life of your shingles trough proper maintenance procedures.
Written by Ben Wright on 12/12/2013: A contributor for Roof Savers Long Island 292 Main Street #2s Huntington, NY 11743 (631) 629-4515 http://www.roofsaverslongisland.com