Your roof is one of your home's major lines of defense against poor weather conditions and precipitation. Due to the heavy amount of wear and tear that your roof experiences throughout the year, your roofing materials will slowly begin to degrade and will eventually need to be replaced. In order to extend the lifespan of your roof as much as possible, and reduce the amount of money that you have to spend on repair and replacement, there are a few simple maintenance tasks that you should perform.
Trim the Trees
If you have trees or any other type of plant growth that overhangs your roof, one of the most important things that you can do to improve the lifespan of your roof is to trim back the overhanging branches. This reduces the risk that heavy trees limbs will fall on your roof, which can cause structural damage, as well as reducing the amount of smaller organic debris which ends up on your roof. This smaller debris can hold onto water, increasing the risk of a leak developing and the amount of wear that your roofing material experiences.
Clean Out the Gutters
In a somewhat similar train of thought to the above point, you should also get up on a ladder and clean out your roof's gutters every month or so. This is because leaves and other small pieces of debris can quickly clog them, causing water to either stay stagnant on your roof – which can cause increased wear – or to overflow from your gutters, which can cause basement flooding and leaks in the walls of your home. You should also make sure that the downspouts are properly angled away from your home and clear of any blockages as well.
If you experience extremely cold winters, and have had issues with the amount of snow and ice that forms on your roof in the past, you may want to consider roof heating cables. These electric heating cables go along the edge of your roof, right above the gutters, and will prevent the formation of ice dams and the collection of heavy amounts of snow, both of which can cause serious damage to your roof and can greatly increase the risk of a leak developing if left unchecked. In order to ensure proper drainage of this melted snow and ice, it's a good idea to install a heating cable within your gutter system and downspouts as well.
For more information, contact companies like Deep South Roofing LLC.