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How to Help Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof

When it comes to the lifespan of your roof, the proof really is in the pudding. The work put into installing the roof is what is going to shine through as the roof ages. However, there are things you can do here and there to ensure it holds up for as long as possible. You can remove debris from your roof, keep an eye out of ice dams in the winter months, and have your roof professionally inspected at least once every three years. But, there is a lot more to it. Let’s take a look at three major factors that help influence the lifespan of your roof.

1.) Insulation

When it comes to insulation, one normally thinks of what goes into their walls to keep their home at proper temperatures throughout the year. What we don’t think of is how insulation also protects the structural components of any building. Insulating your roof not only helps reduce energy bills, but it also extends the life of your roof. Roof insulation can be applied to existing roof systems too. Certain materials are better suited for different roof types, and some of these materials include latex and acrylic barriers, bituminous asphalt, elastomeric non-bituminous coatings, fibered coatings, and polystyrene or rigid foam panels. White or light-colored roofing materials can also prolong the life of your roof because they provide thermal insulation and reduce overall roof temperature.

2.) Attic Ventilation

Having an attic with poor ventilation can lead to a whole number of problems, one of which is premature roof aging. In the summer, when temperatures in an attic without proper ventilation can read upwards of 150 degrees, super-hot air can penetrate attic insulation and “fry” your shingles. When this occurs, the shingles deteriorate more quickly and the rafters holding up the roof can become weakened by cracking and warping. Air circulation in an attic is based upon a balance of air intake vents and air exhaust near the roof’s peak. It is recommended there be a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for both intake and exhaust for every 300 square feet of attic space. If you suspect your attic is not properly ventilated, perhaps it is time to look into options for sorting that out.

3.) We’ll Say It Again, Clean Your Roof!

If you have an asphalt shingle roof that is in almost constant shade, there’s a high chance it is attracting algae growth. The algae feeds off of the microscopic particles present in the limestone used to make the shingles. This growth is easily identifiable as a black of green staining on your roof. Opting to clean your roof results in no harm as long as it’s done professionally. When you get your roof cleaned, it protects the shingles and ultimately extends the life of the roof. It is also believed to be more energy efficient because a darker roof helps generate more heat.

Your roof has a big job to do, so the least you can do is tend to the little things that help keep it healthy. Keep an eye on your roof for debris, and check out your attic in the summer for potential ventilation issues. For everything else, contact REI Roofing. Our crew of professionals is here to serve you and all of your roofing needs. Call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!