5 Pro Tips to Make your Roof Last Longer

As a homeowner, your roof is one of the most important investments you will make for your home. It is essential to take care of your roof to ensure it lasts for as long as possible, providing adequate protection for you and your family. Depending on the materials used, the typical residential roof has a life expectancy between 15-30 years. You’ll know it’s time to replace your roof if you start to experience roof leaks, missing shingles, or rising utility costs. Below, we have some pro tips that can help you get the full lifespan of your roof.

Hammersmith roofing professional on a ladder, cleaning the gutters and inspecting the roof for a client

1. Clean your gutters

One of the most important things you can do to keep your roof in good condition is to clean your gutters regularly. Gutters are designed to channel water away from your home, but if they become clogged, they can cause water to back up onto your roof. This can lead to water damage, which can weaken your roof’s structure and cause it to deteriorate over time. To prevent this from happening, you should clean your gutters at least twice a year, especially during the fall season when leaves and debris tend to accumulate. This is something you might be able to do yourself, but many hire a professional for this job.

2. Inspect it annually

Another important tip to make your roof last longer is to inspect it regularly. You should have a professional inspect your roof at least once a year, preferably in the spring or fall when the weather is mild. Look for any signs of damage, such as cracked or missing shingles, rusted flashing, or water stains on the ceiling inside your home. If you notice any damage, it is essential to address it promptly to prevent it from getting worse and potentially causing further damage to your roof.

Hammersmith Roofing professional inspecting the slate roof of a client’s house

3. Improve attic ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is crucial for maintaining the health of your roof. Without adequate ventilation, hot air can build up in your attic, causing moisture to accumulate and potentially damaging your roof’s structure. To improve attic ventilation, consider having a ridge vent or a roof vent fan installed. These will help to circulate air throughout your attic, reducing moisture buildup and helping to keep your roof in good condition.

A roof that desperately needs to be cleaned off and have the gutters cleaned out.

4. Clean it (But Not With a Power Washer)

Another critical step in protecting the longevity of your roof is cleaning it. It’s important to be careful when cleaning your roof though, as using something too powerful, like a power washer, can actually damage your shingles. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush or a garden hose to remove dirt and debris from your roof. If you have moss or algae growth on your roof, try using a mixture of water and bleach to clean it. However, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, wear protective gear, and cover your landscaping below to avoid any potential damage from the chemicals used.

5. Trim overhanging trees

There are also a number of ways that your roof can be damaged by overhanging trees. In addition to branches scratching and damaging the surface of your roof, leaves can collect in your gutters causing them to become clogged. During a storm, branches can break off the tree and fall onto your house, potentially causing serious damage to your roof. To prevent these issues, be sure to cut back any overhanging branches regularly. Additionally, if you have any large trees near your home, consider hiring a professional to trim them to avoid potential damage to your roof.

Man cutting a tree branch with chainsaw so it doesn’t fall onto his roof

Taking care of your roof is essential to ensure its longevity and to protect your home and family. By following these tips, you can help to maintain your roof’s health and avoid costly repairs in the future. Hammersmith Roofing and Construction offers both roof repair and roof replacement, based on your home improvement needs. We also offer roof inspections, keeping your roof in tip-top shape. We install a few different types of roofs in the greater Richmond area, and this has been our focus for years now. We have a very experienced team of contractors that can tackle roof projects on homes, apartment buildings, stores, restaurants and other commercial structures. Reach out to us today for an estimate or to ask any questions that you have about prolonging the life of your roof.