You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “keeping a roof over your head.” In this popular phrase, the roof is symbolic of the entire home. It can be argued that the roof is the most important aspect of the home, the first line of defense between the outdoors and your home. There’s peace-of-mind that comes with having a good, strong roof over your head. On the flip side, having a roof that has fallen into disrepair can create a lot of stress. The Better Business Bureau has offered some tips for getting the most out of your roof and keeping it in top shape.
Getting the most out of your roof
The expected lifespan of your roof varies widely based on the type of roof and the climate in your area. If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you have an asphalt shingle roof. Asphalt shingle roofs come in varying grades but in general, you can expect to get about 15 to 20 years out of an asphalt shingle roof. The most important factor in determining the longevity of your roof is how well you take care of it. Homeowners can maximize the lifespan of their roof by following these tips offered by the BBB. Periodically have your roof inspected. Though you can and should keep an eye on your roof yourself, you should also have a professional inspect your roof from time to time. Clear away dead and overhanging branches. Overhanging branches can scratch up your roof and cause premature granule loss. Dead branches and leaves can also accumulate in your rain gutters which can shorten the life of your roof.
Take care of little problems before they become big problems. At the first sign of mold or a leak, or any other kind of roof damage, have a roofer come out and perform repairs. It can be a little costly but it’s better than having to replace your roof at ten years instead of 20 years. After a point, it will become cheaper to replace your roof than to keep pouring money into patching up an old roof. Don’t put off replacing your roof when it gets to that point.
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