Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

3 Helpful Steps That Prolong The Life Of Your Current Roof

by Toni Richards

Installing a new roof on your home can get expensive. In fact, costs range between $5,000-$25,000, depending on what types of materials you select. Now if you're like most homeowners, these costs may not fit into your budget. That's why you need to keep your current roof in good condition with these steps:

Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters may not seem like a problem, initially. If left untreated, though, they can cost you a fortune because water doesn't properly divert away from your property. Water instead backs up against the roof, which leaves it susceptible to leaks and rot. 

Every month, inspect the gutters for leaves and debris. Ladders with hooked ends are ideal for this cleaning job, as they won't push off against the house if there's excessive movement. Investing in a gutter pressure washer also helps you clean while standing on the ground. It usually has a curved nozzle that reaches far inside the gutters. 

Cut Overhanging Branches

Having trees on your property is nice because they enhance curb appeal and present memorable nature-viewing experiences. Unfortunately, when they grow too large, branches can rub up against your roof and damage shingles. You can put a stop to this damage by removing any limbs that hang directly over the roof. 

Trimming smaller branches is fairly simple, but you'll want to use extreme caution when cutting thick limbs. Take into account where the branch will fall after it's cut so that you don't injure yourself or cause damage to your roof. Pruning areas that are V-shaped is also a good idea because it prevents flimsy branches from flying off and damaging your roof during severe storms.

Remove Moss

Moss has a tendency of growing on roof shingles, especially during the wetter seasons of the year. Although it may seem like a minor cosmetic issue, moss can actually keep structures wet and damage the overall structural support of your roof. 

To avoid these costly issues, you need to remove moss on a regular basis with moss removal solutions. You can find these at any cleaning store, and they contain special agents that kill off mold in an eco-friendly way. Avoid using pressure washers because they tend to damage shingles.

One of the most important aspects of your home is the roof, both visually and functionally. As such, you need to take the right protective measures to keep it looking great and structurally sound. Contact a company like Newman  Jerry Roofing &  Remodeling Inc for more information and assistance.