Hiring a residential roofing service expert to install a new roof isn’t cheap, so you’ll naturally want to make the most of your investment. Fortunately, there are ways to extend the life of your roofing materials and make them last for a long time. Here are some of the steps you can take:
Remove leaves from the roof
If your roof has a steep angle and your home is surrounded by low plants, you won’t have to worry about this task since leaves most likely fall off the roof on their own. But, if your roof has a low pitch and/or it’s surrounded by tall trees, you’ll need to use a roof leaf rake or a garden hose (not a pressure washer!) to remove the leaves. Taking them off the roof is important since they trap water, which will eventually find its way to the shingles and cause them to rot.
Clean your gutters
Ask any professional roofer, and they’ll tell you that overflowing gutters don’t just cause damage to your house’s siding and basement but also to its soffits, fascias, roof sheathing, and even rafters. Depending on the level of water damage, you might need to do serious repairs or even replace these parts altogether. To avoid additional costs and hassle, you’ll want to make regular gutter cleaning a habit.
Get rid of moss
Moss might give your home a fairy tale-like appearance, but it actually traps moisture and eventually causes your shingles to rot. The best way to fight moss is to gently clean your roof using soap salts (AKA potassium salts of fatty acids). Once the shingles are clean, ask your local roofer to install zinc strips on the top of your roof. The water runoff from the strips will reach the lower shingles and prevent moss from growing on them.
These are just some of the ways to keep your roof in good shape. If you need more tips, or if you’re experiencing roofing problems, don’t hesitate to contact Morrisville Topside Construction Inc at (919) 635-8270. We offer a residential roofing service in Morrisville, NC and can assist you with your concerns.