How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

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When thinking about purchasing a home or a commercial property, there’s a lot to consider. Does it have the number of bedrooms or amount of office space you need? Is there carpet or tile flooring? While it’s exciting to think about turning the space into your own, one thing many people don’t realize is that the roof is one of the most important investments to consider when buying a property.

The roof is the head of defense for any residential of commercial building. It often takes the hardest hit when it comes to harsh weather, debris, and regular wear and tear. It’s no wonder you need to take good care of your roof. If you don’t, it could end up costing you thousands of dollars in the long run.

The good news is you can be proactive. You don’t have to sit around and wait to replace your roof. There are numerous ways to take care of your roof; giving it the basic maintenance that it needs will help preserve its quality and extend its life. One of the best things you can do for your roof is to simply keep it clean.

Here are five ways you can extend roof life:

  1. Remove Debris

It may seem like common sense, but removing debris is one of the easiest ways to help protect the longevity of your roof. If you don’t clean it off, you risk unnecessary water buildup, which adds more weight. Both debris and water can cause your roof to sag, or in extreme cases, fail completely.

Don’t shorten the lifespan of your roof by simply forgetting to clean it. Add roof maintenance to your regular schedule in order to protect your investment and save time and energy down the road.

  1. Clean Algae, Moss and Mold

Algae, moss, and mold are never discussed for good reasons. They can grow everywhere and anywhere. When they do, they eat away at surfaces. Make sure to regularly inspect your roof for this stubborn growth in order to prevent any serious problems. If you need to remove algae or mold, mix together equal parts of bleach and water, spray it on the affected area, and scrape it away.

To ensure you do not have continued issues, you can use Zinc strips to provide a protective layer over your roof. These strips are easy to install, but if you are uncomfortable applying them yourself, you can always bring in a professional to complete the job.

  1. Remove Snow, Ice and Standing Water

The last thing you are thinking about on a freezing day is getting on top of your roof. However, the extremes of snow and ice put an astronomical amount of pressure on the structure of your roof. Removing both is worth it. If you are nervous about the safety aspect of climbing on your roof in the winter, you’re not alone. That’s why many property owners turn to a roof rake.

It is also important to regularly remove standing water. Standing water causes moisture to build up, which leads to the deterioration of your roof. If you find that your roof regularly collects water, the best thing you can do is to find the root cause. You don’t want to end up with a much bigger problem later on.

  1. Clean Gutters

This one is extremely basic, but will help you extend roof life and avoid the cost of a full replacement. When debris builds up, your gutters get heavy and before you know it, they will fall. Replacing your gutters is a lot more costly than cleaning your gutters; that’s why we recommend taking preventative action in the form of regular gutter checks.

  1. Have Efficient Attic Ventilation

Surprisingly, attic ventilation can contribute to many different roofing problems. If your ventilation isn’t great, it can cause your roof to age much faster than a roof that is paired with proper air flow.

Without proper ventilation, the summer heat can cause your shingles to dry out and decay quickly. It causes cracking, warping and can even lead to them falling off. In the winter, moisture can build up and collect underneath your roof. The condensation can lead to a greater chance of mold and less efficiency.

In addition to ventilation, insulation plays a huge role in the longevity of your roof. It protects the structure of your property and helps maintain the integrity of everything inside and out. Insulation keeps the temperature of your roof more controlled, thus leading to less wear and tear. It does this by reducing radiant heat from being transferred, which can extend roof life and protect your home.


Remember, simple maintenance and regular roof inspections are some of the easiest ways to make sure that you are taking care of your roof properly. While these tasks can be done yourself, we recommend hiring a professional to ensure nothing is overlooked.

Hiring a professional is also one of the best ways to ensure that the work is done right and in a way that will last. Roofing professionals, like the ones at Advocate Construction, have the experience and knowledge that is necessary to get the job done right.

To get in touch with an Advocate Construction professional, contact us today or give us a call at 833-409-ROOF (7663).