When the time comes to install a new roof on your Utah home, you will make a significant investment in the safety, comfort and value of your home. And, like any home improvement project, you want to enjoy the highest possible return on your investment.
With a little time and effort, you can extend the life of your new roof and minimize the time and money you will spend on roofing repairs in the future.
No. 1: Add Attic Ventilation
Without adequate ventilation, your attic will overheat in the summer. This can encourage the growth of mold and reduce the effectiveness of insulation. It also superheats your roofing materials, causing them to degrade more quickly than they otherwise would.
Having sufficient air flow in the attic can extend the life of your new roof by as much as 20 percent or more.
No. 2: Upgrade Your Insulation
With the proper type and amount of attic insulation, you’ll cut your energy bills and improve the interior comfort of your home. You’ll also extend the life of your new roof.
Just like ventilation, insufficient attic insulation can expose your roofing materials to excessive heat, causing them to disintegrate prematurely. Consider adding radiant barrier insulation as well as upgrading your fill or blanket insulation.
No. 3: Tend to Your Gutters & Downspouts
Clogged gutters expose your roof deck, shingles and fascia to potential water damage. Have your gutters cleaned and inspected at least once each year to prevent a problem. You might also consider installing gutter screens, to help keep your home’s drainage system working the way it should.
No. 4: Maintain Your Roof
Although many types of roofing materials require little or no regular maintenance, you should periodically remove any debris from the rooftop, Cut back any branches overhanging the roof surface and take action if you notice evidence that rodents or other pests have been spending time on the roof. Clean your shingles or tiles based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
No. 5: Have Professional Roofing Inspections
The best way to extend your new roof’s service life is to take care of any problems quickly, to prevent them from becoming major issues. A periodic professional roofing inspection will identify and new or developing problems, so you can have the repairs done immediately, rather than waiting until you develop a leak or experience damage to the deck and underlying support structures.
The Knockout Roofing team of experienced professional contractors can help you learn to extend the life of your new roof. We provide commercial and residential roofing repair and replacement for clients in Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities. For exceptional professional service, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and estimate for your new roof.