Figuring out how to get the most out of your roof can be a bit of a challenge, especially here in Oklahoma. There’s plenty of rough weather and hot sun waiting to strip years from your roof. Here are a few roof maintenance tips to help keep your roof in great condition for years to come.
Keep an Eye on It
Even in the absence of big storms or other obviously damaging situations, your roof still comes under a lot of stress just from dealing with the sun beating down on it every day. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can break down roofing materials and cause them to become susceptible to other damage, and you may not even realize it until there’s a catastrophe. You can help protect against this by setting up regular inspections with a trusted roofing contractor.
Don’t Let Nature Take Over
Trees that overhang your roof can cause some serious issues, as can lichen buildup. To combat these problems, make sure any trees near your home don’t extend their branches over your roof. Keep them trimmed back so that they’re at least two feet (2’) away from your roof. If you don’t feel comfortable taking care of these chores yourself, you can hire professional tree trimmers to perform the service for you.
Lichen is another big problem if it’s allowed to grow unchecked. Lichen is a mossy type of growth that can take root on your shingles and cause them to fail sooner than they should. It can even result in the voiding of your shingle warranty, so it’s important to make sure it stays cleaned off the shingles as much as possible. Your roofer may be able to perform this service or recommend someone who can perform it for you.
Work with Trusted Contractors
Roofing shingles that aren’t installed properly, inappropriate underlayment and poor sheathing can all lead to huge roof maintenance issues, and often sooner rather than later. To avoid issues from poor installation and workmanship, make sure to work with a roofing contractor you can trust. Look for someone who’s local, experienced and carries the proper licenses and insurance to complete any roof repair or replacement projects.
At Accord Construction, we know it’s important to get as much life out of your roof as possible. Contact us today for a free estimate or to take care of your roof maintenance issues.
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