Five Ways to Make Your Roof Last Longer

Published December 27

After an average of twenty years, most roof tiles start to deteriorate. There are several ways in which people try to extend the life of their roof, but one method tends to be more effective than others. If you want your roof to last longer, make sure you take care of it with these five techniques.

1) Cleaning

Regularly cleaning your roof is a great way to have a long-lasting roof. You can remove debris and leaves that can otherwise cause shingle damage. It easily enables water to flow off the roof and reduces algae growth. There are many ways to clean your roof. You can use a rake, broom, high-pressure cleaner or climb up on the roof with a stiff scrub brush. 

The importance of roof cleaning also extends to your gutters. Gutter cleaning is essential and shouldn’t be skipped for many reasons. Some of which include:

  • Removing leaves and debris so water drains aren’t blocked – blocked drains can lead to overflowing water and damage to the gutter
  • Removing leaves and debris that could become a fire hazard to your home
  • Identifying possible pests that have moved into your roof, such as small mammals and wasps

2) Catch problems early

If you keep up with regular roof cleaning and maintenance, you’ll start getting very familiar with your roof. You’ll notice small changes that happen to your roof over time, like cracks in tiles or moss regrowing in one area, and have the opportunity to react to those before they become significant issues. If you don’t habit being on your roof at least once or twice a month, start building the routine today. Your future self will thank you.

3) Sealing Your Roof

Although sealing your roof is one of the least expensive ways to make it last longer, it is not one of the most common methods. Asphalt-based products are ideal for sealing your roof because they dry quickly and do not emit foul odours or fumes. They also reflect heat, which helps reduce attic temperatures. Before sealing your roof, make sure it is free from all dust and debris. You should also check to see if the roof flashing needs patching, as this will prevent a sealant from adhering to it.

4) Replacing Roof Flashing

Roof flashing collects water before it drains off of your roof. It sits under shingles and is often hidden, so it is crucial to maintain its integrity. If you have a leaky roof flashing that needs repairs or replacing, contact a licensed roof maintenance specialist who focuses on roof work to ensure the job gets done correctly and quickly.

5) Repairing Leaks

Asphalt based or elastomeric products are your best bet when it comes to repairing leaks. These materials typically re-seal themselves and offer more protection than some other products on the market. When using these polymers, make sure they are made explicitly for roof repair to get the most out of your purchase. 

If your roof needs repairing or cleaning, it is advisable to hire professional roof cleaners in Sydney. They will be able to assess the situation and offer professional advice on whether or not you can repair your roof or replace it entirely. 

Pressure & Steam are a team of highly qualified professionals who provide free quotations on all of their services. They are available 24/7 and provide same day service to all of their customers. They offer services on all types of roofs, including colorbond and terracotta roof tile cleaning, and are your one-stop shop for all your roofing needs.

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