The most significant investment people make today is their home, and protecting your investment by extending the life of your roof is a great way to get the most out of it.
Here are five things to consider when you want to extend the life of your patio cover’s roof:
Inspect the Roof Regularly
Getting up onto your roof every six months or more often is a great way to extend the life of your roof as this will give you an idea of maintenance that is needed before they become a serious issue.
Inspect the sealing around skylights, the flashing on your chimney, and other areas, as well as checking your vents to be sure they are not blocked by any debris or damaged.
Finding any trouble areas early on and addressing them can lead to money saved from what would eventually be costly repairs.
Replace Worn or Missing Shingles Quickly
Worn or missing shingles are like holes in the armor of your roof: holes that let rain and wind in to deal severe damage to your roof system as well as the structure of your home itself.
There are tons of DIY tips and videos on how to replace shingles, and it’s not as difficult as you might think to make this kind of minor repair yourself with a few necessary tools and supplies you can purchase from just about any home improvement store.
If you don’t feel comfortable making the repairs yourself, the cost to have a roofing company do it for varies by the contractor and the complexity of the fixes in question.
Invest in a Liquid Polymer Roof Coating
This type of liquid coating does for your roof what weather sealant does for a wooden deck- help to keep out moisture and make your shingles more weather resistant.
Application of a liquid polymer roof coating typically only takes a few hours and the benefits you will reap from that time can’t be overstated regarding extending the life of your home’s roof.
This roof protectant is available at most home improvement stores, and is most effective on newly shingled roofs so if you have just had your roof replaced now is the time to apply this weather resistant coating.
Trim Tree Branches Near Your Roof
Untrimmed tree branches represent a severe threat to the roof of your patio cover, especially when the wind blows during storms.
You can avoid the need to pay for costly roof repairs by making sure that branches near your roof are trimmed back, unable to scratch shingles off of your roof and exposing your home’s roof to moisture and other elements.
Make sure to look into local laws before trimming tree branches that hangover from a neighbor’s home to your property to see what your rights are.
Keep Your Gutters Clear
Keeping your gutters free of leaves and other debris also help to protect and extend the life of your roof.
Trapped leaves and other objects keep your gutters from adequately diverting water away from your home, which can damage your shingles and soak through the underlayment into the structure of your roof.
Cleaning or having your gutter cleaned at least once in spring and fall (or more often depending on your property’s individual needs) is essential to protect your home from damaging water build up from blocked gutters.