Extend The Life Of Your Roof Using these Tips

August 4, 2017Construction & Renovation Standard

The roof is one of the most abused parts of your home. It is always a subject of moisture from rain, pressure from strong winds and impact from falling objects. As such, it needs regular maintenance, especially after powerful storms where there is a high risk of having damages in roofing shingles, guttering and other parts. Restoring or replacing the roof is expensive, especially when the damage to your roofing is already severe due to continued neglect.

To extend the lifespan of your roof, doing the following regular cleaning chores might help:

Remove the leaves – If there is a tall tree near your house, you may need to check if there are leaves falling on your roof. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and rot eventually. This can lead to the growth of weeds as well as mould and mildew. During heavy rains, accumulated piles of leaves can cause clogging in the guttering that can cause flooding inside your home. Moreover, as it traps moisture, it can cause rusting in the steel parts of your roofing.

Clean the gutters – Small things like ruined paint on siding as well as fruits and leaves can be stored in the gutters. Even if they don’t clog, they can damage your guttering, especially if it is made of steel. They can cause trapped moisture that can lead to rusting. If neglected, these can cause clogged or damaged gutters.

Remove algae and moss – Your roof can be a favourite breeding ground for algae and moss that, if left untreated, can make it look ugly or can even cause damages. To get rid of algae, you can wipe them with detergent or chlorine bleach mixed with water. To kill a large build-up of moss, you need to scrub it with detergents. To prevent them from coming back, you may invest in installing zinc strips near the top of the roof.

Cut overhanging branches – Aside from the damages they can bring on the roofing and guttering, overhanging branches can provide access to mice, squirrels and other rodents. These tiny animals can cause damages to your roof and can enter your house.

To help you maintain your roofing, contact guttering Newcastle.