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How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Your roof is the hero of your home, protecting you from all that Mother Nature throws your way. From blazing sun to hurricane winds, Florida roofs take a beating every day of their 12 to 15-year lives.

While you cannot control the weather, there are a few steps you can take to protect your roof. Here are five tips to extend the life of your roof.

1. Clean the gutters

Not only do clean gutters look tidy, but they also protect your roof. When gutters are full of leaves and debris, they create dams that lead to pooling water. When the water cannot flow properly through your gutters it backs up onto your roof, damaging the shingles and decking and compromising the roof’s integrity.

Clean your gutters at least twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. If your home has more than one level, be sure to contact a professional who can safely reach the 2nd story gutters.

2. Trim your trees

If there are trees around your roof, inspect the branches to see if any hang over the roofline. Hanging limbs give pests and rodents a direct path to your roof, where they can gnaw through shingles and make a home on your roof. Branches too close to the roofline also create a risk during storms, when heavy winds can break off limbs that create holes in the roof.

Make sure all branches are at least 10 feet away from your roof. Contact a professional tree trimmer to safely remove any trees or limbs too close to your home.

3. Remove algae

If you live in a heavily shaded or humid area, you might notice black streaks of algae or even moss growing on your roof. Left unchecked, the algae and moss will slowly feed off the limestone in your shingles and weaken your roof.

You cannot prevent algae growth, as its spores are carried by the wind, but you can remove it when the growth gets out of hand. Have your roof professionally cleaned to remove the buildup and prevent further damage.

4. Ventilate the attic

A poorly ventilated attic leads to a damaged roof. Inadequate attic soffits and vents can cause condensation on the plywood decking of your roof, leading to water damage and rot. A bathroom exhaust fan that is vented into the roof can also cause similar damage.

Checking attic ventilation is best left to the professionals. Have your attic and exhaust vents inspected by a licensed contractor, who can identify possible problems and suggest solutions.

5. Inspect the roof

The easiest way to extend the life of your roof is to just keep an eye on it. Visually inspect your roof for signs of damage, such as algae growth, missing shingles, or a sagging roofline. Be sure to inspect your roof and property after severe weather; any shingles or granules on the ground indicate possible roof damage during the storm.

Once a year, have your roof professionally inspected by roofing professionals. They will be able to safely inspect your roof, especially the areas you cannot see from the ground, and assess its condition and any necessary repairs.

Call DDI to inspect your roof!

Our roofing division has the experience and know-how to help you maintain your roof, and handle any repairs that might be needed. Call us today to schedule your fall roof inspection!

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