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All types of roofing systems have expected lifespans. For instance, a typical asphalt shingle roof is expected to last 20 to 30 years. Other types of roofing systems, like metal and slate, last significantly longer. To enjoy the full benefit of your roof’s lifespan, you need to make sure that it receives proper care, which includes knowing how to avoid making mistakes that may affect your roof.

In today’s post, rain gutter guards company Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville discuss common mistakes that may have an effect on your roof’s lifespan.

Neglecting Gutter Maintenance

The roof edge is one of the most vulnerable parts of a sloped roofing system. It bears the brunt of high winds and wind-driven rain during a storm, and can be a point of entry for overflowing water if the gutters are overflowing. This type of damage can be prevented if you keep up with gutter cleaning and regular maintenance.

This means making sure that you’re conducting inspections twice a year, having your gutters cleaned by a professional (or by you, if you have the equipment), and calling your gutter contractor for repairs if you find problems like damage or corrosion. Investing in gutter protection systems like Gutter Helmet® can reduce gutter maintenance work dramatically. 

Ignoring a Hot and Humid Attic

If the attic is too hot and humid, chances are you’ll find signs of heat and moisture damage to the roof support components: water stains, clumping insulation and rusty streaks among others. If you see these signs, your roof has a ventilation problem, which can take years off your roof’s lifespan. Your roofing contractor can offer solutions such as replacing the vents at the ridge and soffits, or installing ventilation fans on the roof.

Letting Surrounding Trees Grow Too Close to the Roof

If you have trees growing in your property, keep an eye out for branches that are dipping too close to the roof. Sharp branches can scratch the roof’s protective layer—granules on asphalt shingles, outer coatings on metal roofing—which can expose the layers underneath to moisture damage. Keeping a 10-foot clearance between the roof and the outermost branches can help prevent such problems. It can also help reduce the leaves that fall on the roofing surface, as well as prevent small animals from accessing your roof.

Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville is your leading provider of rain gutter guards and seamless gutter systems. Give us a call at (866) 985-9982. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Cookeville, TN, and surrounding communities.

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