Roof Maintenance: Top 5 things to do to get the longest lifespan after replacement
After a proper installation of a newly replaced roof, there isn’t too much you need to worry about: especially at Infinite Roofing, we offer a 10 year labor warranty on all replacements, plus there’s usually manufacturer warranties that will guarantee the roof for up to 50 years.
However, there are quite a few small tasks you can do on a semi annual or yearly basis to get the absolute most out of your roofing investment for both residential and commercial roof maintenance:
The most common causes of roof damage are exposure to the elements (snow, ice, water, the sun, wind), growth from algae and moss (or even tree and plant debris!), inconsistent roof maintenance or repair work and improper installation techniques.
Maximize Your Roof’s Shelf Life By:
- Regular General Inspections
- Remove Debris
- Moss and Mold Removal
- Cleaning Gutters & Downspouts
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Regular Roof Inspections & Minor Repair Work
You could certainly hire a professional to inspect your roof, especially for commercial roof maintenance, and we’d recommend doing so every 5 years or so, but really the most important thing to do here is to inspect it yourself.
Most of the time a quick check after major rain and wind storms, or every 6 months to a year yourself will go along way towards detecting any problems or storm damages so you can address them quickly.
You’ll want to check the attic and see if there is any water staining (which means there’s a leak somewhere). On top of the roof, check to see if there are any missing shingles, or if there is moss or mold growing either on the outside or on the inside of the attic.
Spot check to see if any flashing is missing or has begun to pry loose. Most of the time if shingles or flashing is missing, a quick patch job can take care of the issue (though we’d recommend hiring a repairman to do the job to spec if you don’t have any roof replacement experience), and generally you should hire someone to inspect the roof thoroughly if you do spot any missing shingles or flashing.
Regularly Remove Debris on the roof
Winds, storms, the changing seasons all blow stuff up onto the roof from leaves, sticks, acorns or even dirt. Pick a day that’s sunny, when the roof is dry and remove any built up debris on the top so that the next time there’s a storm, they can’t cause damage to the roof.
Remove Moss and Mold From the Roof
If you find any moss growing on the roof (a common occurrence around Albany), then spray a roof moss removal product and cleaner where you see it. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on the product and use a soft broom to remove the debris from the moss.
Moss can ruin the integrity of the shingles as they’re more or less rooting inside the asphalt, so you’ll want to make sure to remove as much as you can as quickly as you can when it occurs.
If you’re doing it yourself you’re going to want to avoid a pressure washer, because improper use can completely strip shingles of their protective granules and remove the UV coating, making their shelf life reduce drastically. Professionals are usually using a machine that looks like a power washer, but is a more specialized device specifically designed for roof cleanings.
Cleaning Gutters & Downspouts
Many people don’t think it, but removing debris from your gutters and downspouts is actually helping to protect your roof. Gutters remove and drain water away from the roof and your home’s siding, so if they’re clogged water is being delayed in proper drainage and effectively starting eroding away the protective covering of the roofs.
Making sure to regularly remove any debris from your gutters will not only increase the aesthetics of your home, but also protect your roof from damage the next time there’s a rain storm to help your roof maintenance cost in the future.