So you've had a new or replacement roof installed, or maybe you're planning to have one installed within the next few months. A home improvement project can be exciting, but when it's over, you don't want to have to think about doing it again in another ten or twenty years. Ideally, you'd like your roof to last for as long as you live in the house or longer. Depending on the lifespan of the roof, that's possible. However, you may have to put in the work to keep your roof in shape. Here are our tips for making your roof last.
Choose a Durable Roofing Material
Different roofing materials have different lifespans. Asphalt shingle roofs, while affordable and low maintenance, are not meant to last forever. Metal roofing, however, can last for as long as 100 years with little to no maintenance. Clay tile roofing can also last for a long period of time. These roofing materials are more expensive upfront, but the ROI is often worth it for homeowners looking for roofs that will last.
Do Regular Inspections
If you want your roof to last, you should keep an eye on it. At least once a year, make the climb up to your attic and inspect the ceiling for any signs of leaks or water damage. Take a look at the roof's surface. Do you notice any curling, broken, or missing shingles? Any discoloration? All of these could speak to issues with your roof that could become more problematic if neglected. You should call in a professional roofer to do a professional inspection and make any necessary repairs if you see cause for concern.
Keep Gutters Clean
Your roof gutters play a large role in the protection and lifespan of your roof. The purpose of your gutters is to funnel rainwater off the roof and away from the home. However, if your gutters are clogged or damaged, water might instead linger at the edge of your roof, or fall to the porch or near the foundation below. Either way, you want to keep your gutters clean and clear, and you want to inspect for any scrapes or leaks in your gutters.
Want one more tip about making your roof last? Make sure you have a trustworthy roofer who can do a great job with the installation. Regardless of the quality of materials, your roof's installation could make all the difference when it comes to protecting your home. Contact Montgomery Winslow today for more information on our roofing services or a free estimate.