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4 Ways to Increase Your Roof’s Longevity

Updated on June 8, 2017

When we think of our homes, most of us think of those we live with, our possessions and perhaps the structure of the house itself. For these things matter. However, there are a number of elements that make a house a home – some of which are tangible and others that are not. Some of those tangible elements that must be acknowledge include not only the people but those areas such as the garage doors, insulation, walls and the roofing.

And while we would all agree that none of these aspects are expendable, there are some that are especially crucial. One such home aspect is the roof. When one thinks about the roof, many homeowners might be hard pressed to even recall what theirs looks like. However, that is not how it should be!

If you want to keep your roof in prime condition for years, then you need to be well acquainted with its appearance. You can do this by taking time to inspect it for any damage or do preventative actions on a regular basis. If you have never considered checking out the roof of your home, then you may be surprised at the things that should be checked. These include:

  • Clean the gutters. At least twice a year, it is vital that you clean any leaves, branches or other debris out of your gutters as this will keep the gutters from being flooded and that water seeping into or under your shingles and causing costly damage.
  • Get rid of the moss. Depending on where you live moss growing on the roof can be a serious problem as it can trap moisture. You can get rid of the moss by washing your roof with a soap mixture of potassium salts. (Talk to a local pro to learn what they use.)
  • Watch out for overhanging branches. If you have trees near your roof, then be sure that any branches over the roof are removed as in addition to debris they leave, there is always the risk of a storm causing them to snap and damage the structure. Another concern with having branches over your roof is that they make your roof more accessible to rodents.
  • Be sure to check the roof any time there is a serious rain, thunderstorm, or hail. These can cause shingles to become loose and even be ripped off. In addition, the heavy natural forces can cause water to get up under the flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights or other openings.

Making time to inspect your roof on an annual basis is an important part of protecting your home and seeing that it is around for future generations. If you are uncertain about roof maintenance, talk to a local builder or home inspector and learn how to check the roofing on your own.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of roofing. One such site worth visiting is

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for WebDrafter, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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