Everybody knows that a Metal roof outlasts a Shingle roof by many years. However, if you have a shingle roof there are ways to prolong its lifespan. Follow these steps and you will get the most out of your Shingle roof. First and foremost, keep your shingle roof as clean as possible. Twigs, leaves and other debris actually soak up water and can damage the shingles on your roof. Your roof works hard to keep water flowing as far away from your home as possible. When there is a lot of debris on your roof it is difficult to keep the water flowing away from your home.
Next, repair any damaged or loose shingles in a timely manner. If you “let your roof go” these damaged shingles can add up and that will lead to a bigger problem. Many roofing experts say it’s a good idea to have your roof looked at once a year. While you have the experts looking at your roof, ask them to check your flashings for corrosion and other damage. Again, it’s best to make these repairs early so that you don’t have a more expensive problem down the road. While flashings can be damaged overtime, so can the sealants and caulking. It’s not a bad idea to replace any worn out sealants before you have water leaking inside your home.
Another area that homeowners often neglect is their gutters. Your roofs overall health is contingent upon whether or not you have clean and unobstructed gutters. And last but not least, it’s important that you choose an experienced company for all of your roofing needs. Since 1945, we here at Wheaton, have been providing customers in the D.C. area with the highest quality roofs you will find. Our Roof Wizard shingle roofs with Scotchgard protection are resistant to mold, mildew or algae. We would love to come out and show you what sets our roofing products apart from all those other companies out there. There is a reason why many of our customers come back to Wheaton when they move or just have a roofing question.