Posted on: 24 March 2017
A new tile roof installation can cost as much as $1,000 per square (100 square feet). Fortunately, you can avoid these high costs by maintaining your tile roof so that it lasts a lifetime.
By avoiding the following five maintenance mistakes, you can be sure that your tile roof will last as long as possible and cost you as little as possible through the years:
Leaving piles of vegetation/debris on the roof
Over time, debris will naturally accumulate on your roof if you don't clear it off occasionally.
This debris can attract pests like birds and termites who could burrow into your roof and cause damage. Also, debris can trap moisture and hold it against your roof so that plant life will be more likely to grow.
It's a good idea to clear off debris when you notice it has started to accumulate to keep your roof in the best possible condition.
Leaving moss and algae on the roof
Moss and algae are particularly prone to causing extensive damage on a tile roof if they are not occasionally cleared away. The most effective and convenient way to prevent moss and algae growth is to have zinc strips installed on your roof that will sterilize water that's flowing on your roof and kill biological contaminants.
Letting branches grow above the roof without cutting them back occasionally
A branch that's growing out over your roof may eventually fall down and knock out tiles. Even if a branch doesn't fall off entirely, it is still likely to attract birds and insects. Also, leaves and twigs will inevitably fall off of it and clutter your roof.
Trim back branches before they start extending over your roof.
Neglecting to clean out the gutters regularly
Your gutters serve an important purpose because they channel moisture off of your roof. This moisture can cause a lot of problems if it sits on your roof. Standing water is especially harmful to a roof because it can raise the chances you'll have to deal with a plethora of different problems like leaks, rust development, and mildew growth.
If debris begins to clog your gutters, moisture won't be able to drain away and could lead to standing water. Inspect your gutters a few times a year and clean them out to avoid moisture damage.
Not installing enough insulation and/or ventilation
If you're looking to extend the lifespan of your roof, you should be looking beneath your roof as well as on your roof's surface. The insulation and ventilation features you have in your home can control moisture and prevent your roof from becoming warped over time.
At some point, you should have your insulation and ventilation features inspected by an expert roofer to make sure that air is properly circulating around your home's ceiling and roof. To learn more, contact a company like Amick Roofing Inc.Share