A good roof will last for at least 10 years, but some of the roofs installed today can last for 50 years or even longer. With the right maintenance plan, you can make your roof last even longer. The odds are good that you lived in a home with a leaky roof before. These leaks form because the materials on the roof break down and allow water from snow and rain to get inside. This often relates to broken shingles or missing shingles on the roof. South Shore roofing companies provide locals with maintenance plans that include three key features.
No matter who creates your maintenance plan, it will include a roof inspection. Experts recommend that you have your roof inspected at least once every six months, but you may opt for more frequent inspections every three months. Instead of just looking at what is visible from the ground, roofers will get on top of your house and look for minor problems that can lead to major problems. They can then recommend the best ways to treat those issues before your problems worsen.
An important feature of any maintenance plan is the cleaning of the gutters. Any debris lodge in your gutters can lead to water backing up and even spilling over the sides. Debris can include the nests that birds and other wild animals build, dead leaves that fell off nearby trees and actual trash that blew in from other yards. Backed up gutters are a common cause of the ice dams that form in winter. Those dams can add so much weight that the ice actually rips the gutters off your home. Roofers will do a full inspection of your gutters before winter starts.
When signing up for a maintenance plan, ask if regular cleaning is a feature of the plan. Roofs are susceptible to mold and mildew that grows when the temperature is high and there is a high humidity level. Your roof can also have algae growing across the surface. Roofers will look for ivy too because this plant can grow underneath the shingles and pull those shingles off the roof. Regular cleaning removes algae, mold, mildew and ivy on or near the roof. With the right roofing company, you can sign up for a maintenance plan that extends the life of your roof.