Most of the time the roofing on your home protects your home and it never considered when thinking about home improvements most of the time. In fact, unless there is some sort of problem on the roof such as a roof leak then the roofing is never thought about at all. This can lead to problems later and without proper maintenance on the roof may lead to the roof failing prematurely. Maintenance for the roof is usually easy and only takes a short time but it can improve the lifespan of your roof dramatically. Here are some tips to help your roofing in Howell Michigan last a long time.
It’s important to note that the roof on your home is much more than just the shingle roofing that is the top layer on most homes. In fact, the roofing on your home has many components and each of these components play a vital role in protecting your home from weather. These components may not always be seen such as with flashings and underlayment but they are important. Other factors can influence just how long your roof will last as well. Such as the trees that overhang the home. With that being said, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your roofing in Howell Michigan.
The gutters on your home is an important roof component that many people don’t consider part of the roof. However, a problem with the gutters on your home can lead to roof damage and roof leaks. Backed up gutters on your home can cause water to back up on the roof. During the warmer months this backed up water can get under shingles and into the roof eaves. During colder months this backed up water can freeze and lead to roof ice dams forming on your roof which can cause a roof leak.
The warranty on your roof is usually given by the manufacturer of the roofing materials that are installed on your home. Better warranties usually mean better roofing materials. The roofing materials usually last as long as the warranty and it’s important that you know the warranty on your roofing to determine just how long your roof should last. Warranties can be 15 years for common shingles to over 40 years for some shingles. Getting 20 years of life from 15 year shingles is considered good while only getting 20 years from 40 year shingles is bad. If you have a warranty on your roof and it fails prematurely you may be covered.
Trees that come in contact with your roof is bad. As the wind blows the tree branches back and forth it basically scrubs away at the roofing on your home. While this may not seem like much of an issue it can severely damage your roof over time. Not only that when bad storms come through those branches can break away from the tree and impact the roof which may end up puncturing the roof causing a roof leak. And if that’s not bad enough some trees can cause particles to gather on the roof such as sap which sticks to the roof leading to damage and discolorations on the roof. Keeping trees and and any vegetation trimmed back away from the roof can help tremendously in making sure your roof lasts a long time.
It’s always a good idea to take a look at your home’s roof after a major storm. This process only takes a few minutes and can be done from the ground so you won’t need to go onto the roof of your home. Look for signs of problems such as missing shingles or branches from trees on the roof that have blown down. And if you notice a problem you can call Livingston Roof Pros to come out and do a full roof inspection on your home. We’ll look over the entire roof for problems and potential problems that need to be addressed. Many times this can prevent a roof leak before it begins. Getting an annual inspection on your roof is best and can help prevent problems and make sure your roof lasts a long time. Call us today to get a roof inspection on your home.
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