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Roofing Tips, Tricks and Ideas

How to Extend The Life of Your Roof

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As a homeowner, you want your roof to last for as long as possible. Maintaining the quality of your roof's structural integrity and aesthetic appeal is critical for helping ensure its longevity. But with so many environmental factors out of our control – such as extreme temperatures and severe weather – how can we extend the lifespan of our roofs against all odds? 

In this blog post, we'll dive into specific tips that will boost your roof's durability and keep it looking great for years to come.

Choose the right roofing materials

The type of roofing material you choose will have a big impact on the lifespan of your roof. 

Some materials, such as asphalt shingles, are more durable than others, such as metal roofing. 

Asphalt shingles are cost-effective and low-maintenance, and a good choice for most climates. Metal roofing can last twice as long as asphalt – up to 60 years – but is more expensive and requires specialized installation.

Schedule regular inspections

Having your roof inspected regularly by a professional contractor is one of the best ways to extend its lifespan.

Your contractor will be able to spot any signs of damage early on and recommend preventive measures before the problem becomes more serious. They'll also be able to detect potential weak spots in your roof's structure, as well as identify any areas where repair or replacement is needed.

It's best to schedule regular inspections, but it’s especially important after a major storm or other extreme weather event.

Keep gutters and downspouts clear

Your roof's gutters and downspouts play an important role in maintaining its longevity by directing water away from your home. 

It's important to keep them clean and clear of debris such as leaves, sticks, dirt, and other materials. Otherwise, the water can build up on your roof and cause damage over time.

You can either clean gutters yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Doing this regularly will help protect your roof from unnecessary damage.

Trim back any overhanging trees

Tree branches that hang over your roof can cause a variety of problems, from trapping moisture in the shingles to creating openings for pests and animals. To prevent these issues, trim back any branches that are close to or hanging over your roof.

If you don't feel comfortable climbing up on the roof yourself, you can always hire an arborist to do the job for you.

Repair any damage promptly

If you spot any damage to your roof, it's important that you repair it immediately. 

Small issues can quickly become major problems if not addressed in a timely manner.

A professional contractor can help you identify the source of the problem and provide solutions to repair or replace the damaged area. This will ensure that your roof is protected from further damage and extend its lifespan.

Make sure your roof is properly ventilated

Proper ventilation is essential for helping your roof last longer. It helps to move heat and moisture out of the attic, which can prevent ice damming in cold climates and reduce the risk of premature aging of the shingles.

Your contractor can install ridge vents or soffit vents to help with airflow, as well as inspect your current ventilation system and recommend any necessary improvements.

Choose a reputable roofing contractor

When it comes to maintaining the integrity and longevity of your roof, you want to make sure you hire a reputable contractor. 

A good contractor will be knowledgeable about the different types of roofing materials and which ones are best suited for your climate. 

They'll also be able to handle any repairs or replacements quickly and correctly, helping to extend the life of your roof.

When looking for a roofing contractor, check their reviews and ask for references from previous customers. It's also important to get several quotes before making a decision so you can compare prices and ensure you're getting the best value for your money.

Final thoughts

By following these tips, you can keep your roof in top condition and ensure that it lasts for many years to come. Taking the time to inspect, repair, and protect your roof will help prolong its life, protect your home from the elements, and add value to your property.

If you're ever in doubt about the condition of your roof, don't hesitate to reach out to Pickard Roofing for our expertise. We can help diagnose any issues and suggest the best course of action.

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At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.