How to Make Your Roof Last For Decades 

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Heather Jones
Heather Jones
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No matter whether you have a slate roofing, a shingle roof or any other type of roof, you will always look to try and ensure that it stays in good shape for as long as possible. If well maintained, a roof should be able to last decades and in reality maintenance of the roof is not difficult, but it will require your attention. If you have a roof which is not brand new but you haven’t been looking after it, there is still time to implement these maintenance tips to increase the longevity of your property’s roof.

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Clean Gutters 

More often than not we associate cluttered gutters with causing damage to the walls of the home but the overflow can also go upwards towards those low level roof tiles. There is a risk therefore that if the gutters are allowed to clog, that the roof or the rafters could become wet and then rot. With this in mind, always make sure that your gutters are cleaned.

Removing Leaves 

Depending on the location of the property you may also need to clear leaves far more often from the top of the roof, especially if it is surrounded by trees as the wind won’t be able to keep it clean. Failure to remove the leaves means that you run the risk that the leaves trap moisture and decompose, which will then allow roof to become moist, which is very dangerous for the rafters and the overall make-up of the roof.

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Get Rid of Moss 

Moss is dangerous because it is strong and when it grows it has the ability to lift up the shingles of the roof. Once moss is well grown in, it can be very difficult to remove so try your best to stay on top of it and nip it in the bud early when you see it.

Trim Branches Which Overhang

Again if you are surrounded by trees you will have to be incredibly conscious of any branches which are overhanging the roof and threaten to fall. If a branch falls during high winds then the damage to the roof could become very problematic and very expensive, so remove the risk before the branch has the chance to snap.

Take Action

One of the most important rules to remember when it comes to the upkeep of your roof is to take action when it is required. If you spot a broken shingle then deal with it right away, if you see moss or leaves on the roof then don’t delay, get the ladders out and get up there to clear it away. Inaction can quickly lead to you forgetting about the roof and that will only lead to more problems further down the line. If you want to ensure that your roof lasts for a long time then you have to be on the front foot in terms of its care and its upkeep.

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This is how you can ensure that your roof does last for decades like you want. 

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