Extending Roof Life
- Clean the gutters: When there are too many leaves in your gutters, water can leak into roof sheathing, causing it to rot. It’s important to clean your gutters every fall and spring. You can do the cleaning yourself, or hire a professional.
- Remove leaves: If you have trees surrounding your home, it’s likely your roof will accumulate piles of leaves and other debris. These leaves can trap moisture on your roof, damaging it in the process. If you decide to remove the debris yourself, use a leaf blower or garden hose. Avoid pressure washing as it can damage the shingles.
- Trim overhanging branches: Trimming branches from nearby trees can go a long way in extending the life of your roof. Tree limbs falling on a roof can damage shingles, or worse. Close branches also allow squirrels and other rodents easy access to your roof. As a general rule, branches should be at least 10 feet away from your roof to avoid these issues. For your safety, consider hiring a professional tree service to trim any unwanted branches.