It goes without saying that a new roof is an expensive investment. And just like any kind of investment, you want to protect it.
Your roof can last years beyond its expected lifespan and save you money if looked after properly, especially by a professional roofing contractor in San Diego, CA. To get the most from it, here are a few things you can do:
Keep the Gutters Clean
Ruined siding and a wet basement are nothing compared to what happens when excess rainwater flows upward and soaks into your roof’s wood frame. The wood will rot, and you can easily prevent this by regularly cleaning your gutter and removing debris and leaves. Or consider installing gutter guards, which create a narrow channel that routes water properly while keeping animals and debris out.
And Your Roof, Too
If you have a peaked roof, gravity will do most of the job for you. All you need to do is check the corners and lower edges. Flat roofs are another matter. Debris, leaves, and moss accumulate easily. This can trap moisture and gradually decompose. Fortunately, this can be cleaned by using a long-handled brush. If the leaves are too deep and/or wet, use a garden hose. Never use a pressure hose as it might damage your shingles. Zinc strips can help if the moss is a persistent problem.
Trim the Branches
Overhanging branches can poke holes or damage shingles if kept untrimmed. The ideal distance is about 10 feet from your house. Keeping trees trimmed also prevents squirrels and other rodents from gaining access to your roof. Doing this yourself can be dangerous, however, so be sure to leave the job to a professional.
An Ounce of Prevention
Of course the best piece of advice your local roofing company in San Diego, CA, can give you is to perform regular inspections and perform preventive maintenance. You can do your own inspections as often as you need to, but twice a year — preferably before and after winter — is enough. When doing surface inspections, check for blistering, holes, signs of animal activity, stuck debris and signs of water damage.
Preventive maintenance can also be done twice a year. At RSI Roofing & Solar, we perform regularly scheduled inspections on roofing in Carlsbad, CA, upon request. We will also advise you on when the next inspection should be.
As the leading roofer in the San Diego area, we keep up with the latest advances in the commercial roofing industry and apply them to our services to ensure you’ll only be getting the best. We also offer 24-hour emergency roof repairs for apartments, condos, homeowner associations, and commercial buildings. Give us a call at (858) 278-7200 or fill out our contact form and tell us how we can help.