5 Ways to Prevent Premature Roof Deterioration
Most homeowners go through a single roof replacement in their lifetime, and not a few of them think that there’s nothing more to it once the roof is installed. But roofs are constantly exposed to external conditions. Wear and tear is to be expected, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t prolong its service life.
As one of the leading roofing companies in Detroit, let Kroll Construction share with you ways you can prevent premature roof deterioration, and perhaps even an untimely roof replacement.
Check for signs of leaks – A leak in its early stage isn’t noticeable unless you’re actually looking out for it. Check every room in the house for stains on the ceiling. Inspect the attic and pay special attention to wood parts, as unprotected wood easily deteriorates from soaking in rainwater. If you see these early signs, don’t let it escalate. Calling us for minor repairs could actually save you money from bigger repairs.
Check your roof’s condition – Reasonably new roofing shouldn’t exhibit signs of deterioration, but it doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Individual shingles may get torn loose by wind or get damaged by impact from large hailstones. Take a good pair of binoculars and inspect your roof end-to-end and look out for signs of damage.
Check the flashing – Flashing is the material used to protect roof valleys, protrusions such as chimneys, and skylights. Slight damage could render these areas vulnerable to leaks and premature deterioration, so it’s important to have them addressed as soon as found.
Keep the roof clean – Leaves and debris tend to collect in valleys and gutters, where they accumulate moisture, rot exposed wooden parts, and impede the flow of rainwater. If you have a single-story home with a low-slope roof, you may be able to clean your roof – without climbing it – using a brush with a telescoping handle or a strong leaf blower. Taller or steeper roofs will require professional cleaning. We’re among the few roofing companies who can service both your roof and gutters. Also, consider investing in a gutter protection system such as GutterGlove®.
Trim the trees – Prevent leaves and branches from getting on your roof by trimming the trees around the house. A 10-foot clearance should not only keep your roof clean, but should also prevent animals from gaining access to your roof.
Combined with regular roofing maintenance conducted by a reliable roofing company, you can rest easy knowing your roof will go the distance. Kroll Construction serves Detroit, Michigan and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (888) 338-6340 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.