Roofing is expensive. And 30-year roofs rarely last 30 years. Most are only really rated for 25 years. A
poorly maintained roof can fail even quicker. Sometimes as quickly as 12 to 15 years. Even repairs can
put a dent in the family budget. Caring for your roof is that ounce of prevention that can prevent a
pound of cure.
What can I do to lengthen the lifespan of my roof?
While most people seldom think about proper care of their roof, ensuring you take specific steps can
extend its lifespan by many years.
1. Make sure your water drains properly
Most people know water is a destructive force. Not only can it cause damage to your roof, but it
can make leaks worse. Cleaning your gutters and removing debris that causes the water to stand
should be done frequently. Removing any leaves from your roof is equally important. Ensuring
proper drainage helps keep your roof in excellent condition, and prevents moss and algae build
2. Remove moss
Speaking of moss, removing this buildup can keep water from getting trapped in small areas of
your roof. Do not use bleach. Bleach can eat away at the shingles, cause staining and leave an
unpleasant odor. Often moss can be swept away, or there are commercially available cleaners
specifically designed for this task. A severe moss problem might require killing the moss first.
Moss can be prevented by having your roofer apply Zinc strips near the top of your roof. Most
species of algae don’t cause damage to your roof and usually is best left alone.
3. Keep trees near your home trimmed
Another critical step to ensure that water doesn’t get trapped on your roof. Leaves and falling
branches can clog your gutters or possibly keep water trapped in certain areas of your roof.
Additionally, falling branches striking your roof, like hail, can itself cause damage.
4. Don’t pressure wash your roof
Pressure washing can loosen shingles or damage them. Damage can cause increased issues with
UV rays causing further problems. Skip the pressure. Use a regular hose or sprinkler instead.
Only a roofer trained for the task should use a pressure washer on your roof.
5. Avoid walking on your roof
While sometimes it is necessary to walk on your roof, it is best to avoid it when possible. Soft
areas, when stepped on can hasten deterioration. Roofers are trained to spot damage and avoid
stepping on damaged areas which can lead to more significant problems.
6. Ensure proper attic ventilation
Proper ventilation can help keep heat from damaging your roof from below. Not enough
ventilation can cause your roof to have problems not only with overheating but also trapped
moisture. These factors can cause shingles to buckle and wood to rot.
7. Get an annual professional roof inspection
A yearly inspection prevents minor problems from becoming severe. Your roofer can find issues
before they get worse. A small roof repair can keep you from a roof replacement later, or worse
yet, damage from water leaking into your home. While you may be tempted to do your roof
inspection yourself, a trained roofer can spot small issues that you aren’t likely to notice.
Caring and maintaining your roof is an essential step towards keeping your investment safe for years to
come. Have a professional inspect your roof yearly or more often if you have had hail, is the best way to
ensure your roof stays in good health and keeps your home safe for years to come. At Becker Roofing
and Exteriors, we offer a free written and detailed roofing inspection to give you peace of mind and
catch any problems before they cause significant issues within your home. Call us today for your free