*This blog is updated for 2017. The original blog can be found here.
A new roof is an expensive proposition – $20,664 is the national average for fiberglass asphalt shingles with a minimum 25-year warranty, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, now in its fifteenth year. Once you’ve made this investment, which is not without its rewards – you can expect a 68.8% ROI – it’s only natural to want to protect it. Consider these tips to extend the life of your roof.
Clean Your Gutters
You’ve probably heard the message a thousand times, but there’s good reason – gutters direct water away from the perimeter of your home. Clogged gutters or downspouts can result in damage to your home’s paint, siding, and roofing. Additionally, over time, water can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Fixing that kind of damage could cost thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. You can hire a professional or do it yourself.
Perform Periodic Inspections
Your roof carries a lot of responsibility – it shelters and insulates you and your loved ones from Mother Nature. For this reason alone, it is worth inspecting it on a regular basis (preferably monthly). This is especially important in the aftermath of a storm. You can perform your own inspections by simply walking the perimeter of your home and looking for:
- Moss growth
- Any obvious signs of damage
- Torn, cracked or missing shingles
- Detached gutters and/or downspouts
- Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings
Trim Overhanging Branches
Just one branch continually rubbing against a roof can wreak havoc, causing leaks to occur or shingles to go missing, especially in high winds. Branches should be trimmed 10 feet away from your roof to prevent damage, as well as prevent squirrels and other small rodents from accessing your home. Trimming overhanging branches is a job best left to professionals.
Install a Solar Attic Vent
If you have an upstairs bedroom or bonus room that gets uncomfortably hot in the summer, consider adding a solar vent to your attic to help regulate temperatures, as well as extend the life of your roof. Powered by the sun, solar vents pull hot air out of your attic, promoting proper ventilation and reducing mold growth caused by moisture. For a limited time only, we are offering a free solar attic vent with full replacement. Please contact us for details.
Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected!
At Jenesis Roofing, our team of professionals have been providing premium quality roofing inspections, repairs, installations, and maintenance services to residential and commercial clients throughout Boulder, Douglas, Adams, Jefferson, and Arapahoe Counties for more than 16 years. Our certified roofers have the know-how to extend the life of your roof.
Call us today at (303) 789-1505 for service!