How to Make Your Roof Last Longer


Depending on the materials used, a roof can last anywhere from 20 to 100 years. However, this longevity is only available to those who have their roof properly installed. Learning how you can protect your roof can make it last longer, saving you money in the long run.

  1. Moss Prevention – The growth of moss, algae, and lichen means that there is an excessive amount of moisture trapped in the roof. This moisture will eventually lead to water damage and rot, and should be remediated immediately or prevented before it occurs. Have a professional install flashing along the edges of the roof to prevent water from getting underneath the shingles. Be sure to also have your roof cleaned, checked, and repaired if it is showing signs of mold or moss.
  2. Resist the Growth – Once moisture is present on and underneath the roof, the shingles will also be at risk for growth of moss, algae, and lichen. Opt for an asphalt shingle that is coated to prevent the growth of these molds. When you decide to replace, or re-roof, your home then ask your roofer about this material.
  3. Let It Breathe – Properly ventilating your roof will relieve extreme temperatures in your attic space by allowing cool air to flow through. This will also help you lower your monthly utility bills, saving you money. For those with a finished attic space, soffit vents will need to be installed in order to properly cool the room.

A roof is a costly investment that should be taken care of and properly installed so it can last as long as possible. When it’s time to replace, re-shingle, or repair your roof, contact Preferred Exterior for the best installation around. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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