The average roof is expected to last 25-30 years. Unfortunately though, between infestations, clogged gutters, and simply mother nature, that isn’t always the case. Needless to say, making a roof last longer will save time and money for homeowners.
Dumitru Nicolaescu, founder and owner of Green Attic Roofing , shares 7 common mistakes people make and what to do instead to help ensure your roof lasts longer.
Letting Overhanging Branches Scrape Roofing Materials
Overhanging branches are more than just a danger during windstorms, they also scrape roofing materials causing them to deteriorate faster. In addition, leaves that accumulate from nearby branches trap moisture which leads to rot and mould.
Not Taking Care of Infestations
Birds, insects, and small animals are all a threat to the longevity of your roof. These creatures create nests or holes which lead to leaks and structural damage to both your roof and your home.
Allowing Moss and Algae to Grow
Moss and algae are a common roofing villain, especially in climates and seasons with more moisture. These cryptogams lead to the breakdown of roofing materials and contribute to leaks down the road.
Not Clearing Your Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters are one of the most common culprits to roof damage. Backed up gutters cause water to pool on your roof and lead to deterioration and leaks.
Improper Roof Installation
Choosing DIY options or unprofessional work may seem like a cheaper option up-front, but it often leads to vulnerabilities in your roof, which shortens its lifespan and ends up costing more in the long run.
Allowing Foot Traffic on Your Roof
Any foot traffic on your roof will eventually wear down roofing materials and potentially dislodge shingles and other roofing components. Limit the unnecessary time you spend on your roof, and ensure that satellite dish, and solar panel installation experts are using best practices to keep your roof safe and unharmed during the process.
Not Choosing Quality Roofing Materials & Not Maintaining Roof Health
Different materials will give your roof varying lifespans. Know when to replace the material you select and what to watch for to maintain your roof to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
By being aware of these mistakes, homeowners can take proactive steps to maintain the health and longevity of their roofs. Remember that regular inspection will also help address issues early-on and increase the longevity of your roof!