5 Things That Prolong the Life of Your New Roof

A new roof is a major investment, so naturally, you want to do what you can to make sure the roof lasts as long as possible. The following are some of the best ways to prolong the life of a new roof.

1. Upgrade the Eaves

Older wooden roof eaves are more prone to wood rot and damages, especially if one doesn't keep up with routine maintenance like periodic repainting and crack filling. Once moisture gets into the eaves, it can work beneath the shingles and cause damage to the main roof as well as let water into the attic. You can upgrade the eaves to a much more durable material, like vinyl or aluminum, at the same time that you have the new roof installed. 

2. Increase Ventilation

A common cause of attic moisture problems isn't roof leaks, but poor ventilation of the roof. Installing additional vents along ridgelines, in the eaves, or over the main expanse of the roof can solve ventilation problems. The best time to install this installation is when your new roof is going in. Good attic installation will prevent moisture damage on the underside of the roof decking, as well as helping to prevent the formation of ice dams on the roof. 

3. Schedule Tree Care

Trees can do a lot of damage if they overhang your new roof. Branches can scrape against shingles, tearing them off or causing damage. Dropped branches can puncture the new roof, and falling debris can collect until it traps moisture that leads to damage. Trim back all trees before the new roof goes on, and then maintain them once the roofing job is complete. 

4. Install Guttering

Gutters aren't just a convenience to keep water from dripping on your head or prevent moisture against the foundation. Good gutters also protect the roof from moisture damages along the eaves and roof edge. When gutters are in good repair, positioned properly, and clean, they will also help redirect the water from the roof so ice dams are less likely to form near roof edges. Many roofers include a gutter installation option as part of a new roof installation.

5. Ask About Maintenance Plans

Although a roof can last for decades, this is only true if the roof is properly maintained. Ideally, this includes professional annual inspections so small damages are caught and repaired before they become major problems. Your roofer may offer a maintenance plan that can help offset the cost of ongoing maintenance while also ensuring that all maintenance tasks are completed. 

Contact a roofer to learn more ways that you can prolong the life of your new roof.