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Showing your roof a little TLC now can keep it in better condition later. And that saves you a significant amount of money on extensive repairs or full-roof replacements.

Even a basic asphalt shingle roof costs $3.50 to $5 per square foot installed. That adds up quickly over the full surface of your roof.

Asphalt shingle roofs often hold up for about 20 years. You can get a lot longer out of tile, slate, or copper roofs, which can make it for 50 years or more.

But no matter how durable the material, skipping maintenance can shorten the life of your roof.

Follow these five tips to keep your roof in tip-top condition.

1. Clean It

Depending on the design of your roof and the number of nearby trees, you may not get much buildup on your roof. But if leaves, twigs, and other debris tend to collect, clear it off regularly.

Organic matter traps moisture and decomposes over time. That moisture can damage your roof. It can also cause weeds to grow.

If you have dry leaves on the roof, a leaf blower is a cleaning option. A soft brush on a telescoping pole or a roof leaf rake can also work. 

Moss can also be an issue on roofs because it traps moisture. 

2. Clear the Gutters

You usually think of the effects of clogged gutters below the roof, but a mass of built-up leaves and debris can cause problems above the gutters, too.

When your gutters get full, the water running off of your roof can’t flow properly. It builds up in the gutters, sometimes spilling over the edge, and sometimes pushing back up toward the roof.

The water can seep under the shingles and into the roof sheathing. Constant moisture can lead to rotting or mold, which is a costly repair.

Check your gutters regularly and clear away any debris. If you have trees nearby, even if they aren’t in your yard, you may need to clear the gutters three to four times a year. If there’s little vegetation around your home, you may only need to clean gutters once or twice per year.

3. Inspect Your Roof

Regular inspections of your roof help you spot cleaning issues and potential damage. Inspect the roof every time you clean your gutters. Look at the roof after storms to check for damage.

4. Minimize Potential Hazards

Branches hanging over your roof become a potential hazard. If they’re touching the roof, they can cause damage or abrasions.

Even if they don’t touch the roof, strong wind or storms could cause the branches to break and fall on the roof. The impact can cause damage to the shingles or holes in the roof.

Trim branches regularly to keep them away from the roof. 

5. Fix Issues Quickly

Not all damage can be prevented. If you notice an issue with your roof or chimney, handle the repairs immediately. Waiting allows time for more damage, which can increase the cost of the repairs.

Hiring a roofing contractor is your best bet for safely and correctly fixing roof issues. A professional has the safety equipment to work on a roof with reduced risk of injury. They also know how to do the repairs well to prevent more problems.

Practice Roof Maintenance

Routine roof maintenance won’t make your roof invincible, but it’ll prevent serious problems before they start. You can get more life out of your roof before it’s time for a replacement.

Are you ready for a new roof or need roof repairs? Fill out our estimate form to get started.