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Newport News Roofers: Article About Basic Roof Maintenance

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Roofs are built to last for many years. Asphalt shingle roofs can effectively shelter a home for 20 years or more, and the longest lasting roofing material, slate, can stand up to the elements for up to 200 years. Homeowners who take care of their roofs will reap the rewards of doing so by receiving an excellent return on their roofing investment. Neglecting roof maintenance, on the other hand, can cut the life of a roof in half. On top of that, many roofing warranties state that the warranty will be voided if the roof is not properly maintained, so what exactly should a homeowner do?

Regular maintenance and inspection is crucial, and if any problems are discovered, it is best to contact local Newport News roofers for an assessment. When it comes to roof repairs, acting fast is essential. A leak that is left on its own will quickly turn into an even bigger leak, and the resultant water damage can be very expensive to repair.

The main goal of preventative maintenance is to find and repair any minor deficiencies in the roofing system that are, or could become, sources of water penetration. By catching these early on, the homeowner can avoid the damage and costs associated with water damage. Especially after a storm, it's wise to do a walk around the property to look for any obvious signs of damage such as missing or bent shingles.

The roofing company experts from Jayhawk Exteriors of Newport News would be happy to answer any questions you have about siding or roofing.

Also, be sure to check the roof if there have been any scurrying sounds coming from up there at night. Try to find any areas where pests might be trying to gain entry and repair them immediately. Pests like raccoons, squirrels and birds are very quick to take advantage of any possible entry points into an attic, especially during nesting season. For this reason, homeowners should keep all tree branches trimmed away from the home to make it more difficult for animals to get onto the roof.

Clean any leaves that have piled up in the valleys of the roof with a roof rake or leaf blower. Depending on the height of the roof, a roofer may need to be contacted to perform this work. The same goes for ice dam buildups in the winter. If the gutters are frozen solid, this can lead to water getting into the roofing material above, causing water damage. Throughout the year, make sure that gutters and drains are clear of debris. It also pays to check the attic periodically for signs of leaks or the development of mold. By inspecting the roof and keeping it clear of debris, homeowners will be taking steps to ensure that their roofs last a long time.

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