How To Extend Your Roof's Lifespan

August 21, 2022

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.


156 Torrington Rd., Winsted,
Connecticut 06098

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