Tips to Extend the Service Life of Your Roof

As a responsible homeowner, one of the things you need to prioritize is your roof’s longevity and performance. After all, your roof plays a major role in keeping your interiors dry and protected from weather elements. By taking care of your roof, it takes care of you and your family.

Tips to Extend the Service Life of Your Roof

Depending on the quality of materials and installation method, your roofing system may last between 15 and 50 years. To ensure it stays at the higher end of that range, you need to keep it in great condition. Read on as Sterling Exteriors shares maintenance tips to help you extend the service life of your roof. 

Clean Your Gutters Regularly

Water is the biggest enemy of your roof. Fortunately, your gutters help deflect water away from your property. Without proper maintenance, however, your gutters can become clogged. Since water will be unable to flow freely, it will overflow and cause water damage to your home exterior components over time. This can also cause damage to the trim and fascia below the gutters, causing window frames to rot prematurely. To prevent this from happening, keep your gutters clean and free of clogs. 

Consider Attic Ventilation

Heat and moisture buildup within the roof can be minimized when you have a well-ventilated attic, which allows cool air to enter the intake vents and push out the hot attic air out via the exhaust vents. The resulting air circulation helps keep the attic and the rest of the roofing system in good condition, preventing issues like mold and mildew growth and premature deterioration of the roofing materials.

Keep Snow and Ice Away

Your roof is designed to withstand heavy loads, but too much weight can cause it to sag. Not only that, but constant exposure to snow and ice can also lower the temperature of your roof, causing materials to expand and contract. As such, it’s important to remove snow and ice on your roof during winter.  As climbing on your roof can be dangerous, especially in winter, be sure to have a professional do it for you.

Schedule a Roof Inspection

The best way to extend the service life of your roof is by scheduling a professional roof inspection at least once a year and after every major storm. This way, you protect your roof from damage that could worsen over time. During the inspection, an experienced roofer will examine your roof thoroughly and perform the necessary repair. Even if you don’t think your roof is experiencing problems, there may be minor issues not easily visible to the untrained eye. 

For top-quality roofing services, you can count on Sterling Exteriors to get the job done right the first time. Our team is determined to help you maintain your roof and extend its service life. Give us a call at (513) 685-8055, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve residents in Cincinnati, Loveland and Newtown, OH.