Residential roofing systems need regular maintenance and proper care to last. When your roof is in good shape, it can offer better protection against harsh weather conditions and outdoor elements. If it is in poor condition, the risk of water damage in your home will increase.
Fortunately, you can extend the life of your roof by avoiding these common mistakes.
Gutters require regular cleaning to ensure they divert water safely away from your home. A clogged gutter system will cause rainwater to back up to the roof, get beneath the shingles and cause leaks. Installing gutter guards will reduce how often you need to clean your gutters and will encourage good waterflow. Gutter guards keep leaves, twigs, seeds and other debris from entering the system.
Failing to Trim Trees
Never allow trees to grow too close to your home. Overhanging branches can scratch the surface of the shingles and even poke holes. Fallen debris from trees can end up in your gutters and cause clogs. Leaves can also end up on your roof and hold on to moisture, resulting in water-related problems. Experts recommend keeping trees at least six feet away from your house.
Not Considering Insulation and Ventilation
With sufficient insulation and ventilation, your attic will have moderate temperatures. If your roof is not well insulated and ventilated, shingles will heat up and deteriorate faster. In the colder months, poor insulation and ventilation will contribute to the formation of ice dams.
You can easily avoid these problems by working with a dependable roofing contractor. At Homecraft® Inc., we are committed to providing you with the best roofing products and services. Call us at (302) 798-0302 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with clients in Middletown, Newark and Bear, DE.