Does your shingle roof seem to be nearing the end of its lifespan? Maybe you've noticed a lot of granules coming off the shingles, or perhaps some of the shingles have begun to chip off or blow off completely. Replacing a roof is not cheap, and in some cases, you may need to try and squeeze another year or two out of that worn roof before investing in a new one. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that.
Keep spare shingles on hand.
Go to your local home improvement store, and purchase a bundle of low-end shingles. Whenever a shingle goes missing, you can patch over it by nailing on a new shingle. Don't worry about properly removing the shingles beneath it or situating the new shingles perfectly into place. They'll be torn off anyways when you replace the roof. Nailing a new shingle on top will at least keep the wind and rain from penetrating where you're missing a shingle. Don't forget to put a glob of roofing cement over each nail hole when you're done – this will keep water from seeping in near the nails.
Sweep the roof off regularly.
When your roof has already begun to decay, you really don't want debris like leaves and twigs up there. They'll trap moisture against your roof, accelerating the decay. So, sweep your roof off regularly. If you get a long-handled broom, you can probably accomplish this from the edge of a ladder without even having to climb onto the roof.
Keep your gutters clear.
Clogged gutters are never a good thing, but when your roof is on its last legs, they can easily make matters a lot worse by causing water buildup on your roof. This can lead to leaks. So, get into the habit of climbing up on a ladder and taking a look inside your gutters every few months. Scoop out any debris with a gloved hand. If water does not freely flow through your downspouts, you can reach down them with a broom handle to push out any debris that is clogging them.
Keep any flashing secure.
Flashing is the metal sheeting that surround chimneys and any other roof projections. It usually lays under your shingles, so if the shingles start to break down, the flashing may become loose. Water can easily seep in under loose flashing. Take a look at your flashing, and if it seems to be coming loose, secure it with a glob of roofing cement. You may need to apply a layer of cement over any parts of the flashing that are rusty or corroded, too.
You can't make a decaying roof last forever, but with the tips above, you can at least avoid leaks and extend its life a bit until you're able to afford a roof replacement. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Liberty Exteriors LLC.