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Tips to make your roof last

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Everyone wants their roof to last as long as possible, because repairing or replacing your roof is an expensive endeavor. Getting your roof to serve you for decades is easy - all you have to do is care for it. If you are unsure how to care for your roof, don't panic because the experts at Garcia Roofing will walk you through it. Below are tips to make your roof last for years to come.

• Invest in Upgrades
Adding gutters to your home will ensure the proper flow of water off the roof. This protects the soffit and fascia from getting hit with rainwater and eventually rotting and putting your roof in jeopardy. Gutter guards prevent the gutters from getting clogged and eliminates the need for cleaning your gutters. Another upgrade is the addition of turbines, ridge vents, soffit vents, or any kind of ventilation that allow your roof to breathe.

• Routine Inspections
Your roof requires regular inspections to spot signs of wear and tear. Ensure you inspect your roof at least twice a year; once at the beginning of fall and once at the onset of spring. Look out for clogged gutters, moss growth, missing shingles, cracks, and wet spots on the ceiling.

• Clean the Roof
You should clean the roof regularly to get rid of moss, leaves, and debris that can shorten your roof’s lifespan. Do not forget to clean the gutters too. When gutters clog, they prevent rainwater from draining properly and result in roof leaks and damaged shingles. Use a ladder and wear protective gear when cleaning your roof to keep safe.

• Trim Overhanging Branches
No one wants a tree to crash on their house in the middle of a windy night. Overhanging trees can lead to broken shingles, gaping holes, and clogged gutters, and unhealthy trees could potentially break or fall. Trim them so that they do not damage your roof.

• Avoid Walking on the Roof
Although roofs appear to be strong, they can be easily damaged when you walk on them improperly. Avoid walking on the roof unless it is absolutely necessary.

• Hire an Experienced Professional
The internet is full of handy DIY ideas for just about any project. Nevertheless, your roof should not be one of the things you try to do yourself, because you could do more harm than good. It is advisable to hire a knowledgeable and experienced professional to work on your roof. Contact Garcia Roofing in Baton Rouge for all roofing-related issues and we will deliver excellent service and workmanship. We provide quality roofing installation, repairs, and maintenance services to maximize the life of your roof.