How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Bay Area Roof
Whether you’re a property investor concerned about a building damaged in a spring storm or a homeowner who wants to conserve energy and put your home on the market soon, you’re considering hiring a roofing contractor to preserve and prolong the life of your roof.
Here are some strategies for increasing the roof’s lifespan.
1. Invest in appropriate and regular maintenance.
The original roofers may have used high quality materials, but workmanship might not have been top notch. Maybe the workers did a wonderful job, but they used relatively cheap and easily degradable materials. Create a long term maintenance process — that you can tweak and refine over time — so that you don’t have to react in panic mode every time you contemplate your roof’s longevity (or lack thereof).
2. Keep your roof clean and clear of debris.
Homeowners (or property managers) play a role in maintenance. Be on the alert for ice dams (not a Bay Area concern, but very much elsewhere), tree branches and leaves that collect on the roof. These can damage the structure or cause bottlenecks in the gutters.
3. Mind the temperature.
High temperatures and poor ventilation can also damage the roofing structure. A hot attic can age the roof above it, for instance, by penetrating insulation, frying shingles, and warping or bulging the wallpaper. In winter, ventilation and humidity problems can also persist, getting the insulation wet, breeding moisture buildup, which can in turn lead to the decay of certain structures and/or spore the growth of algae, mold, mildew and other unwanted mosses.
4. See your roof as part of a larger system of home and structural maintenance.
It’s not enough to simply replace tiles when needed, remove branches and clear leaves caught in the gutters. Think of your home as an integrated system, and create a maintenance process to manage that entire system as opposed to just the roof.
Get Roof Repairs from a Roofing Contractor ASAP
To document this process and manage any urgent roof repair needs, call a professional who has helped homeowners (and property owners) in the Bay Area. For roofing services and residential roofing needs, call Ben’s Roofing at 5106908570 immediately to schedule an appointment and free estimate for your job.