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San Antonio Roofing: Article About How To Extend A Roof's Lifespan

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When it comes to getting a roof on a home, the costs can elicit fear and sticker shock to most homeowners. They immediately want to know what they can do to help prolong the life of the roof. The first step is by having San Antonio roofing professionals install protective elements such as an ice and water shield, drip edges and proper drainage. In addition, having professionals come a couple times a year to perform routine inspections will help catch any problems early. There are some things professionals can assist with and other tasks that the homeowner can do himself or herself.

One of the most important things homeowners can do for their roof is to keep it clean. It is best to routinely check the gutters on the house to make sure they are not clogged with dirt, leaves, twigs or other debris. Clogged gutters will cause the rainwater to fill up and leak down the side of the house, into the foundation. In addition to removing leaves from the gutters, it is best to remove the leaves off the roof before they begin to decompose and cause algae to grow.

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If moss or algae have already begun to grow on the roof, then a gentle cleaning is needed. A garden hose with a sprayer attachment can be used to coax dirt off the roof, but a scrub brush and detergent will be needed for algae. A professional roofer can install zinc strips that will prevent the moss from growing back once the roof is clean.

Prior to storms, homeowners can protect their roofs by trimming trees that have branches that hang over the house. Not only will branches break and scratch the shingles, but having tree branches near the roof also gives squirrels and other rodents access to the attic of a house. Following a storm, it is always best to examine the roof to make sure no damage occurred. When inspecting the roof, homeowners should look for loose or missing shingles as well as any damage to the flashing around chimneys and vents.

The lifespan of a roof will be dependent upon the materials the homeowner selected for the shingles. Most asphalt roofs will last about 10 to 15 years when they are cared for properly; however, roofs that have tile or ceramic shingles can last up to 30 years. The best way to get the full life out of a roof is to take the time and care for it.

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