Roofs can last for several decades because they're made and proven to withstand extreme weather conditions. Proper roof care and maintenance will prolong your roof's lifespan and performance. Here are ten ways to extend your roof's lifespan.

Find Qualified Roofers

Reliable roofers have decades of experience and knowledge. They can find hidden damage and fix them. Furthermore, regular inspections can reveal minor issues with destructive potential.

Qualified roofers are fully licensed, insured, and certified to install the roof and its various components. Check with the local municipality, homeowner's association, and the neighbors for trusted referrals.

Clean Your Gutters

High-quality gutters won't lip easily except for severe water blockage. Use a ladder and a sturdy brush to sweep away debris. Inspect downspouts for blockages and flush them with water. If cleaning by yourself proves difficult, hire a roofer to inspect and clean the system.

Roofers can also inspect the gutters during routine maintenance. They'll recommend repairs and replacement where necessary. Poor gutter health can cause dirty siding and weakened concrete foundations due to moisture overflow.

Overhanging Branch

Trim any branch hanging above your roof. You can trim the branches by yourself or use a professional service. Raccoons can use these to reach the attic. Branches and leaves have small amounts of roof-damaging moisture. Asphalt shingles can absorb moisture and increase attic humidity levels.

Post-Storm Inspections

Storms can cause shingles to go missing or suffer from damage. An inspection can reveal hidden potential leak areas. Roofers can check the flashing around chimneys and other roof structures for possible leaks. Their full survey will yield timely and precise repairs. You can also use their inspection data to claim benefits.

Attic Ventilation and Insulation

Using high-quality attic insulation and ventilation reduces heat accumulation. Extreme heat in the attic will shorten asphalt shingle lifespans. Excellent insulation removes excess heat. Good ventilation ensures efficient attic cooling and heat dissipation. A well-functioning system also prolongs rafter and sheathing lifespans.

Regular Roof Inspections

Roof inspections include repairs for any uncovered minor issue. Your roofing professionals will address anything they find and give you a complete performance and lifespan report. Their data will also indicate the adjustments and repairs they've made. 

Experts will strongly recommend having roof inspections during spring and autumn. Summer rains and snow will cause small roof problems to worsen. With inspections, roofers can address, adjust, and replace anything your roof needs to prepare for extreme weather conditions.

When Should You Replace Your Roof?

Roofs need replacing after 20-30 years. Check your purchase receipt or call a manufacturer's representative for further information about your roof. Alternatively, your roofer's inspection can reveal possible integrity issues and underlying damage. Hire them and find out about your roof's current state.

Roofers with integrity loyally serve their local communities. They understand the condition roofs must have to protect against heavy rain, hail, and snow. You can always hire SJ Winn Construction's top-notch and experienced roofers to inspect, maintain and repair your roof. Call us today to get started.

High-quality roofing materials can last for 20-30 years with regular, detail-oriented maintenance. Manufacturers have used the best methods, equipment, and materials to create your outstanding roof. Their manufacturing process also includes an extensive testing phase that ensures all products have consistent performance.

However, even well-manufactured products can suffer from extensive issues as they age. 

Determining your roof age allows homeowners to anticipate damage and prepare for other possible issues accordingly. Learn more about it here.

The Perfect Time for Replacements

Timing your replacement is a great way to avoid water damage to trusses and rafters. Here are the benefits of having timely roof replacements.

Anticipate Possible Age-Related Issues

Old asphalt shingles crack and split typically after 15 years of service. These damage types will compromise the roof's condition and shorten its lifespan.

Cracks happen because of age. Granule loss happens when the roof goes through an extreme weather event, such as cyclones, hurricanes, and tornados.

Asphalt shingle splits happen when the joints supporting the material loosen, weakening the upper layer and taking off years from its lifetime.

Accurate Warranty Assessments

Most roof makers require homeowners to have regular maintenance to qualify for lifetime and labor warranties. Warranties only work when your roof complies with the manufacturer's requirements. The manufacturer will heavily contest or disqualify any homeowners who did not comply with their warranty guidelines.

Old roofs beyond their manufacturer-stipulated lifespan are automatically disqualified from warranties. With this in mind, ask your home seller about their roof's age and ask for documentation to learn your warranty period qualifications before buying the property.

Effective Repairs

Roofers with knowledge about your asphalt shingle's age can accurately diagnose and recommend the best repairs and replacements to extend its performance and lifespan. While they can determine the roof's age for you, it's faster to tell them about the estimate and have them start repairs immediately.

How To Know Your Roof's Age

Here are five ways to know your roof's age.

Roof Inspections

In-depth roofer inspections can reveal the roof's age based on various factors. One, a wider extent of asphalt shingle cracks and splits indicate an older age. Two, your lumber warranty for the truss, sheathing, and rafters can serve as references if they're simultaneously installed with your roof.

Local Municipality

If you need building permits to reopen your home, the local government might have a copy of it. Most municipalities in various areas of the country. 

This method is helpful if you recently purchased a home and the seller has no record of their recent roof replacement.

Contractor Records

If your local government does not have any building records of your property, you can ask the local contractor if they have any records of roof repair for your home. Again, this is helpful if you recently purchased a house with the seller having no record of their recent roof replacement.

You can always count on SJ Winn Construction to provide excellent results for all your roofing needs. Our decades of experience and knowledge ensure we only use the best equipment and materials at our disposal to deliver an outstanding roof replacement service. Contact us today to get started.


156 Torrington Rd., Winsted,
Connecticut 06098

Phone: 860-379-8863
Email: sjwinnconstruction@gmail.com