Roofs can fail for a variety of reasons. Strong winds, hail, and driving rain are the most common culprits. But properly installed and well-maintained roofs can typically withstand all but the most extreme weather. All roofs fail eventually due to constant exposure to the elements but even a standard three-tab asphalt shingle roof--typically the shortest-lasting--should serve you well for around 15 years if you’re taking care of it. The key to getting the most out of your roof’s lifespan is regular maintenance.
Annual or semiannual inspections
Annual or semiannual roof inspections can uncover potential issues before they have a chance to become bigger problems. You can get a Spokane roofing company to do a free inspection and estimate for any required work.
Prompt repair work
When an inspection does uncover problems, they should be taken care of promptly. Unfixed roof leaks or damaged flashing or rain gutters can lead to big problems during a storm. Not only will that shorten the lifespan of the roof but it can lead to interior water damage as well.
Frequent rain gutter cleaning
Rain gutters need to be kept clear of debris so that water can flow freely off of the roof. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool up especially during heavier rain and pooling water can seep through shingles and lead to a shorter lifespan for your roof.
Strong winds can damage a roof indirectly through falling tree limbs. Even low hanging branches scratching along the surface of the roof can cause damage since it can cause the ceramic granules that protect the roof from the sun’s rays to come off. Keeping overhanging branches trimmed back can prolong a roof’s lifespan.
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