Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Roof

residential roofingThe quality of the materials as well as the workmanship are the biggest factors that affect the lifespan of a residential roofing. The lifespan of tile roofs and metal roofs is twice as long those made of asphalt shingles, however, their installation tend to cost more. Workmanship is another factor since there are several opportunities to get the job done incorrectly or skimp on the roofing materials. If you are purchasing a house, be sure that you have a roof inspection and ask the seller what year the roof was installed. For homeowners like you, your primary roof maintenance responsibilities are as follows:

  • Make sure that the gutters are kept clean to avoid unwanted water damage to the soffit boards, fascia, as well as deckboard.
  • Get rid of debris from the roof like leaves and tree branches.
  • Watch out for ice dams that could develop during winter once the snow on your roof is melted partially.
  • You should have your roof inspected at least every two years and make sure minor roof repairs are made as required.

Attic Ventilation

There are several problems that may arise due to poor attic ventilation and that includes premature aging of a Florence residential roofing. During the warmer season, the temperature in the attic without the right air flow can reach up to 160 degrees. This superheated air could get into the attic insulation, which will make it more difficult to keep the home cool and even lead to damaged wallpapers or floor paint. It can also fry your shingles, making them decay prematurely. It can also weaken the rafters by cracking and warping.

During winter, different household appliances, showers, bathtubs, as well as cooking vapors can add to the excess moisture buildup. Attics that have been incorrectly ventilated will let this moisture to collect and stick to the roof’s underside. It will then condense as well as fall, which will soak the attic insulation and lead to a reduced efficiency. Air circulation in the attic is dependent on the equilibrium between the air exhaust near or at the peak of the roof and the air intake vents in the soffits.

The Federal Housing Administration recommends at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation (both exhaust and intake) for each 300 square feet of attic space.

Roof Cleaning

Asphalt shingles that are always exposed to shade are most likely to attract algae growth, which appears as a dark green or black stain on the roof. Roof cleaning does is not dangerous if done by a professional roofing contractor and several homeowners value the benefits of having a clean roof. However, there are many people who do not believe that cleaning the roof can add to its longevity. Roof cleaning does not only improve the home’s curb appeal. It also protects the roof shingles, which helps extend the life of the roof.

Call Flooring Roofing Pros if you have any concerns related to your roof.

Florence Roofing Experts
Florence, SC 29501

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