Roofs are among the most long-lived parts of the roof, with service lifespans ranging from 20 to 70 years and beyond depending on the roofing material. What most homeowners don’t know is that this is an expected roof lifespan. Outside factors, such as weather, mean that most roofs don’t even reach their expected lifespan.
Fortunately, there are ways you can make the most out of your roof and help it reach its expected service life.
Patch Up Leaks
Leaks start out small and barely noticeable, but it’s these small leaks that often lead to the most concerning problems. A leak can grow in size in just a matter of weeks, starting out no bigger than a dime and growing to the size of a golf ball. On top of water intrusion, leaks also make your roof more susceptible to mold, which is never nice.
If you suspect there’s a leak on your roof, don’t delay. Contact a local roofer as soon as possible.
Clean the Roof
Cleaning the surface of the roof is another way you can help extend the service life of your roof. Twigs and branches may seem harmless, but they can scrape off the protective granules of asphalt roofs and make them more susceptible to water intrusion and sun damage. Leaves should also be cleared as they tend to absorb moisture from the air when they rot, which then spreads throughout the surface of the roof. Regularly cleaning the roof helps extend the service life of your roof.
Work With an Expert
When it’s time to do a roof replacement job or just an annual roof check up, always work with an experienced local roofing contractor. They have the right tools, equipment and experience to address problems before they damage your roof. At Scro’s Roofing Company, our team will help you get the most out of your new roof through thorough inspections and preventive maintenance and repair. Call us today at (919) 461-0937 to learn more.