March 21, 2014
Ask an inspector: Prolong your roof’s life
The website for the AmeriSpec corporate office has a feature called “Ask an Inspector.” Homeowners who have questions about home inspection or maintenance can send their questions to the AmeriSpec technical team, which has more than 50 years of combined industry experience.
The team will review the question and post their responses on the page. They also will contact you to give you their answer.
Spring just started, which means trees will soon begin to bloom again. Right after that, Nebraskans will be watching the skies for thunderstorms and hail. So we’d like to pass on AmeriSpec’s suggestions for taking care of your roof.
Q. As a homeowner, what can I do to maintain and prolong the life of my roof?
A. Besides regular inspections, there are some things homeowners can do to keep their roofs in good shape, and help prolong the life of a roof:
- Keep trees trimmed to prevent the branches from scratching the shingles, and to avoid damage from falling limbs. Squirrels and raccoons can also reach the roof easily via touching limbs, and can cause extensive damage to roofs.
- Use preventive measures to prevent punctures in the roof when installing television antennas or other wiring.
- Always replace missing or damaged shingles as soon as possible.
- Never walk directly on the roof — you can damage the shingles.To inspect the roof, use a ladder or walk board.
- Make sure you have good ventilation in the attic, even during the winter.
- Keep your roof maintained. An asphalt shingle roof — the most common kind — can be expected to last 15 to 20 years.
- Keep gutters, roof valleys, and flat portions of the roof free of debris.
Do you have a question you’d like to ask an expert? Go to http://amerispec.com/askaninspector. Fill out the form on the right side of the page to send your question to the team.