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4 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Roof

Tips to extend roof life

For those of living in a hurricane-prone area, "Blue Roofs" are a depressingly familiar sight. Those blue tarps covering roofs damaged or destroyed by hurricanes mean lots of hard-earned dollars will soon be spent for a roof replacement. Hurricane and Tornado Alley residents know the value of a good roof. If you're lucky enough to find an available roofing contractor you can trust, you're still in for a costly, time-consuming roof-replacement ordeal.

Avoid Costly Roof Replacement with These 4 Tips

Keeping your roof clear of debris and damaging organisms can extend the life of your roof and prevent expensive roof replacement for many years to come. Here are a few tips to keep your roof in tip-top shape:

  • Branches, leaves, and pine needles can collect on your roof and trap moisture that can burden your roof with extra weight, cause mildew, and block gutters. A rake or blower can be used for the debris, but your best bet is to hire a pressure washing professional who can use the proper equipment to remove stains and debris without damaging shingles and protective granules.
  • Moss can also collect moisture and add weight to your roof, especially in the Southern region. Cutting back trees and leaves will increase sunlight and reduce the moisture that moss needs to grow. You can use chemicals to kill moss on your roof, but they can be dangerous to use, and the runoff can harm plants and grass. Zinc or copper strips can be installed on your ridgeline - as rain washes over the metal, it creates a moss resistant effect.
  • Mold, mildew, algae, or fungus can appear as discolored streaks on your roof. Residents of areas prone to hurricanes and flooding are well aware of the health dangers of the dreaded black mold, but these organisms can also eat away at roofing materials and cause leaks. Chlorine bleach or copper sulfate can be used to kill mold and mildew, but your best bet is a roof washing specialist like Superior Power Washing.
  • Missing shingles or bent or damaged flashing around vents and chimneys can allow water to penetrate your roof. And once the water is in, the rot will begin. A roof inspection by a contractor can catch these kinds of issues and fix the problem before that rot spreads. The professional roof washers at Superior Power Washing spend a lot of time on roofs and have the experience and knowledge to easily spot and alert you to flashing and shingle damage.

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