New roof installation is an enormous investment for homeowners in Pennsylvania. This project can set you back tens of thousands of dollars, depending on material quality and roofer skill. Here are five simple roof maintenance tips you can take to extend its lifespan.
1. Maintain the Gutters
The added weight of build-up from debris, Pennsylvania snow, and rain can weaken the roof’s structural integrity and cause early breakage. Regularly cleaning the gutters ensures that water does not pool along the roof’s edge.
2. Trim Overhanging Tree Branches
Tree-trimming keeps moss and leaves off your roof and ensures it is damage-free. Trimming also keeps rodents, such as squirrels, from reaching and gnawing at your roof and siding. However, trimming branches is a job best left for a pro to prevent further roof damage.
3. Prevent Ice Dams
Removing some or all the snow between storms will help prevent leaks into your home. Use a roof rake and telescoping pole to remove snow within three to four feet of the gutters. A common cause for ice dams is inadequate attic insulation and air leaks.
4. Ventilate Your Attic
Proper attic ventilation allows warm and humid air to escape as cool air enters. Too much moisture can lead to mold build-up, which damages the insulation and roof. Proper ventilation also helps you save money on cooling bills.
5. Get an Annual Professional Inspection
These inspections are critical preventative roof maintenance tasks. An expert roof can identify problems that require immediate attention. Plus, they can also give you more tips to keep your roof in excellent condition for years.
Contact John B Anderson Roofing and Give Your Roof the Special Treatment It Deserves
Prematurely replacing your roof is expensive and unnecessary. Let us help you delay the inevitable as far into the future as possible. We have over 30 years providing roof inspection and high-quality repair services in Pennsylvania, so call us and get a free estimate today.