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4 Helpful Tips on Extending Your Roof's Life Span

If there’s one part of your home that is designed to take quite a punishment, it’s the roofing system. The roof of your home bears the brunt of the worst things Nature can throw at it. Heavy rain, snow, hail, ultraviolet (UV) rays and strong winds will wear down even the sturdiest roof given enough time. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to increase your roof’s overall life span. Here are a few good examples straight from roofing experts at Garlock-French Corporation.

Roof Life Span

Check Regularly
Most homeowners think that roofing problems are their biggest problem, but experts know that the true enemy is neglect. A roof leak won’t do damage if it is sealed ASAP, but leave it untouched for some time, and you’ll end up having to deal with major roofing issues, including possible structural damage. It’s wise to perform a visual inspection of your roof several times a year just to make sure the most obvious signs of roofing problems are spotted early on.
Get Help From the Pros
Basic visual inspection is great, but there are some roofing problems that can’t be spotted by an inexperienced homeowner. This is why experts recommend hiring roofing contractors to perform routine maintenance at least once a year or before summer or winter. Professional roofers have the skills and knowledge necessary to spot more subtle signs that point to growing roof problems.
Avoid DIY Repairs
Performing DIY repairs may seem like a good way to maintain your roof while saving on labor costs, but trying to fix a roof without the technical knowledge and expertise can do more harm than good. Aside from the risks of having poorly done repairs, an inexperienced person might end up stepping on the roofing material the wrong way, causing more damage.
Check Your Attic
Today’s modern roofing materials offer excellent protection against the rain. Even wood and metal roofing systems are extremely resistant to the fire and moisture damage that plagued older roofs. However, roofing damage can also come from underneath the roof. Poor insulation and ventilation in the attic can cause moisture to form below the roof, where the more vulnerable sheathing and trusses are located.
Don’t let your roof deteriorate faster. Garlock-French Corporation is the leading provider of roof maintenance services in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. Call us at (612)722-7129, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.