You actually can take some simple steps to improve your roof’s overall longevity. To ensure you are doing everything that you can do to increase your roof’s ability to protect you and your family, check out these five easy ways to help your roof last longer. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you run into any troublesome areas along the way, contact your local Sacramento roofer for assistance in how to best proceed.
Here are five simple ways you can help your roof last longer:
1. Check the ventilation.
Much of the time, contractors make the erroneous choice to vent the bathroom directly into that attic. This leads to a greater propensity for mold and mildew growth on the plywood that supports your roof shingles, which can lead to rot. A poorly placed exhaust fan can do the same. Rotting roof supports can easily lead to rotting shingles themselves if the ventilation problem is not addressed quickly.
If you notice that the air in your attic is particularly humid or you know that the bathroom vents right into the attic, contact your local Sacramento roofer to have it checked out and make sure the ventilation is adequate for the space. This easy measure can lead to thousands in savings in repair, replacement, and other roofing costs down the road.
2. Don’t power-wash your roof
Of the ways that you might choose to clean your roof — and there is no reason not to, as long as it is done properly — power washing shouldn’t even make the list. The spray is simply too highly concentrated for rooftop shingles. It can cause the granules to loosen from the shingles’ top coating, and the granules are a huge part of what makes the shingles as durable and powerful as they are. Additionally, power washing may actually void the warranty for the shingles because of the damage it can cause.
As your local Sacramento roofer, we recommend that you hire a professional to clean your roof. From properly sweeping or using a leaf blower correctly, to removing dirt and moss and other debris manually, your local Sacramento roofer is going to be able to clean up your roof thoroughly by using measures that won’t unintentionally void the warranty for your roofing materials. Contact us today to schedule your cleaning service.
3. Insulate Attics and Cathedral Ceilings Properly
If you have an attic or a cathedral ceiling, make sure it is properly insulated so as not to wreak havoc on your roof. Ice dams can form on these areas when they are improperly insulated and cause a lot of damage to your roof very quickly. It’s important to take care of these areas even here in mostly temperate northern California. While the likelihood that you’ll run into the conditions that will cause an ice dam to form is pretty low, it’s better to be over-prepared than under in this case. Ice can cause a lot of problems very quickly and ensuring that your insulation is adequate that you won’t run into any ice issues to begin with is important.
Generally speaking, your local roofer will be able to install a self-adhesive membrane that will protect against water and ice on select areas of the roof where they may pool injuriously. This is definitely one of those cases where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as improperly insulated spaces can lead to ice and water pooling in areas that may allow the moisture to seep through tiny crevices like nail holes and destroy the roof’s decking.
4. Clean Your Gutters Regularly
It’s not just unsightly and dangerous for your soffits and fascia to have a bunch of debris in your gutters, it’s dangerous for your roofing, too. This is because gutters that are full of debris can also trap water, which can lead to roof damage if the pooling of the water gets pushed up onto the roof substrate. This can then lead to leaks, which can lead to all kinds of problems inside and outside of your home, from rot to water in the walls to critters getting in.
Cleaning your gutters regularly might not make your list of top 10 favorite things to do with your time, but you’ll benefit in the long run if you make it a habit.
5. Fortify Your Roof
Fortifying your roof can be helpful is you live in particularly storm-prone areas that experience weather that can easily damage a normal roof. Fortifying your roof involves several things:
- Roofers seal decking with a special tape or sealant designed to fight against lift.
- Then, they use ring-shank nails, a special kind of nail on the shingles that also fights against lift from high or sustained winds.
- Finally, they lock down the roof’s edges with metal flashing.
California has hundreds of various different microclimates, especially along the coast. If you live in one of these that is known for high winds or lots of storms, it’s in your best interest to fortify your roof. Your homeowners insurance may even partially offset the cost of the fortification by giving you a discount for fortifying your roof.
Your roof is designed to last for decades and you might even be able to squeeze some more time out of it by implementing these five simple ways of helping it to last longer. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, your friendly local Sacramento roofer will be happy to assist. Contact us anytime!.