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Extending the Life Span of Your Roof

Your roof is a vital component of your home and its overall infrastructure. It’s important that you take steps to extend your shingle roof lifespan.

Listed below are some valuable advice and tips that can help ensure that your shingle roof looks great for a long time.

 

Select the right color of shingles

When buying shingles, you should pick a color based on the climate conditions. In warm areas, you should consider selecting light-colored shingles, if permitted by your HOA or local city codes. Light colors tend to absorb less heat than dark ones. The result is relatively less damage and it can extend your shingle roof lifespan.

 

Have any curling shingles inspected

If the shingles appear to be curled, you should immediately get them inspected by a professional. Shingles can become curled for several different reasons. A roofing expert can determine the cause of the condition and take appropriate action to prevent further damage. Failing to act in a timely manner can result in great structural damage that will need to be repaired.

 

Have damaged flashing repaired

Look around the skylights and chimney for damaged flashing. These are the two most common places of roof leaks. A roofing expert can seal tack holes and tack down loose flashings. In the case of extensive damage, the entire flashing will have to be replaced. This is one of the most important things you can do to extend your shingle roof lifespan.

 

Schedule regular checkups and maintenance

Regular checkups and maintenance of the roofing material can help in extending the lifespan. Shingle roofs should be cleaned regularly. Damaged downspouts and gutters should be replaced immediately. Regular maintenance of the roof, particularly after the winter season and the Arizona summer monsoon, will ensure an extended life for the shingles.

Trim back tree branches

Tree branches can cause damage to the shingles. So, it’s important that you trim back any branches that hang over the roof. Also, remove twigs and branches from the rooftop. This little effort can go a long way in extending the lifespan of the shingles.

 

Avoid using a high-pressure washer on your roof

When cleaning the shingle roof, you should avoid using a high-pressure washer as it can damage the shingles. Consider using a mild or low-pressure washer to clean the dirt, dust, and debris from the roof.