A new roof is no small investment – $20,142 on average for fiberglass asphalt shingles, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, now in its fourteenth year. That is not to say, however, that it is without its rewards. A new roof can net you a return on investment of $14,446 or 71.7%.
If replacement is your ultimate goal, you may want to consider installing either a metal roof or tile roof, as they can last twice as long. Preventative maintenance measures, such as those that follow, will extend roof life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Here’s what you need to do to extend roof life.
Catch Problems Early
One of the best preventative maintenance measures you can do to extend roof life luckily costs no money at all. You should routinely look for any obvious signs of damage – especially after every big wind, rain, hail or snow storm. Here’s what you should train yourself to look for:
- Moss growth
- Torn, cracked, or missing shingles
- Detached gutters and downspouts
- Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings
Clean the Gutters
A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris can cause the roof’s raters or sheathing to rot. Fixing that type of damage can be costly, but you can avoid it by thoroughly cleaning your gutters each fall and spring, or as needed. You can either hire someone to clean your gutters or do it yourself.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Trimming any trees in close proximity to your home goes a long way towards keeping leaves off your roof, and out of your gutters, as well as keeping your roof free from damage. Overhanging branches can cause abrasion, which can later lead to damaged shingles, especially in high winds. Branches should be kept 10 feet away from your roof.
Have the Roof Professionally Inspected
Homeowners should have their roof professionally inspected annually. Why? Even the most durable roof can have some weaknesses or become damaged due to extreme weather conditions, such as, wind, rain, snow and hail. A professional can provide you with an accurate assessment on the roof’s condition. They will:
- Perform a thorough interior roof inspection.
- Perform a thorough exterior roof inspection.
- Create a course of action, if any repairs are required.
- Provide a written detailed estimate with recommended solutions.