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All roofing systems have a projected lifespan and will need to be replaced when they reach the end of that lifespan. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20 to 30 years, metal roofs up to 50 years and others can last even longer. Roofs need proper maintenance and care to reach the end of their projected lifespan–otherwise they may fail prematurely.

In today’s post, Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota shares common mistakes that may shorten your roof’s lifespan.

Neglecting Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance

The roof edge is one of the most vulnerable parts of the roof. It’s the first thing that gets hit by high winds and is an entry point for water from overflowing gutters. Regularly cleaning the gutters helps protect this part of the roof from water infiltration.

Consider investing in a gutter protection system like Gutter Helmet®. It prevents leaves, debris and other solid materials from landing in the gutters, ensuring efficient operation all year round. It also eliminates the need to clean the gutters. The best gutter protection system available is Gutter Helmet®, which sheds solid matter straight to the ground. Consult your contractor to find out the Gutter Helmet® cost per foot.

Inadequate Roof and Attic Insulation and Ventilation

Trapped heat and humidity in the attic can damage the roof’s support structures, cause insulation to form clumps and, during winter, can contribute to ice dam formation. Making sure the roof has sufficient ventilation and insulation through the ridge and soffit vents by keeping up with scheduled maintenance can help prevent these problems. Gutter Helmet® also includes an optional ice reduction system called Helmet Heat®, which can help reduce ice dams.

Not Pruning Nearby Trees

Have a local arborist prune the tree branches near your roof. A 10-foot clearance should be sufficient both for keeping your roof safe from damage and for preventing small animals from gaining access to your roof.

For more information about our products and services, including how much would Gutter Helmet® cost per foot, call Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota (800) 824-3772. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Culver, MN, and surrounding communities.