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How to Keep the Roof Over Your Head in Good Shape for Longer

The roof is perhaps the most important part of your home. After all, it is what keeps you and your family safe, warm, and protected, so it would only make sense that you would want to do everything that you can to keep it in good shape. Check out what you can do to keep the roof over your head in good shape for longer. 

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Proper Maintenance 

Proper maintenance is crucial when caring for your roof. Never allow things like leaves or snow to accumulate on your roof, or they will likely cause problems for you in the future. Leaves will trap moisture and hold that moisture against your roof. Snow will melt and freeze again, causing something called ice dams. In addition, the weight of the snow is detrimental to your roof as well. Another part of a good roof maintenance routine is trimming overhanging branches, as they will drop leaves, block sunlight, and even snap and fall on your roof. Try to avoid walking on your roof and power washing it. Keep your gutters clean from debris. 

Attic Ventilation 

Keeping your attic properly ventilated is a crucial part of keeping your roof in good shape. Warm, moist air from cooking, showering, and running appliances will rise into your attic. If there is not proper ventilation, you're looking at trouble. The underside of your roof will suffer. Proper ventilation will direct this heat out of your home safely.

Red Flags  

Always stay alert and on the lookout for red flags. This includes leaking water, damp or peeling patches on your attic ceiling, and light shining through your attic. Also look out for loose or missing roof shingles.

Roof Replacement

While some damage is easy to fix, you should know when it's time to just replace your roof. Sometimes it just makes more sense to replace it rather than repair it. If you notice significant amounts of damage or rotting, your roof just went through a major storm, or it is nearing the end of its recommended lifespan, please consider replacement. 

If you would like more information on how to keep the roof over your head in good shape for longer, please contact us at Midwest Roofing.

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