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Midwest Roofing provides roofing repair and installation services at the Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City, and Columbia areas. Our blog contains posts rich with tips and tricks on maintaining and protecting your home or commercial building.

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof

Regular cleaning, proper insulation, and proper ventilation go miles in extending the life of your roof. By taking great care of your roof and taking these smaller investment steps, you will be able to save substantial amounts of money in delaying replacement costs. Follow these top five tips to expand your roof’s lifespan.

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof

1) Keep critters out

All the trees surrounding your house are a highway for critters like opossums, rats, mice, squirrels, and birds. All these can gravely harm your beautiful roof. Roving critters such as raccoons love to chomp and nibble on shingles. As a result, leaks develop in your roof. By trimming trees surrounding your home, you'll be able to deter these critters from hopping about and destroying your roof.

2) Ventilate the attic

With proper ventilation, cool air easily enters the attic while humid, warm air escapes. Too much moisture within the attic results in the mold growth, which damages both your roof and insulation. Proper ventilation can drastically reduce cooling bills. For ventilation to work effectively, you will require soffit vents in the attic's lower sections. You also need certain types of roof vents close to the attic's apex.

3) Consider roof treatment

Treating your roof is an effective preventive strategy, because it even prevents the need for a meticulous roof cleaning. Roof treatments halt the growth of anything on the roof that can break down materials and cause damage. Roofing experts have the skills, experience, and tools needed to treat your roof effectively.

4) Always keep your gutters clean

With time, debris builds up in gutters. They cause water to slide into the drywall and siding. Cleaning your gutters not only keeps your house dry, it also prevents debris from weighing down and ultimately detaching from your house.

5) Always know when to call an expert

If your roof has issues, do not solely search for and rely on a quick fix. It is tempting to attempt to handle the problem yourself to save a few dollars. However, if you do not handle the repairs properly, it can result in serious damage that will end up costing you more. To be on the safe side, it is prudent to hire a professional.

In summary, replacing your roof is expensive, but having a roof leak or completely collapse is far costlier. You must find ways of maintaining and extending the life of your roof. Contact us today, so we can ensure your roof covers and protects you and your home for years to come.

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