How Do I Make My New Maryland Roof Last?

A Roof Replacement

Your new roof has been installed, and it’s beautiful. The architectural shingles really transformed the entire look of the house, and you want to keep it looking as fine as it does right now for years to come. Here’s what you need to do, and remember an ounce of prevention pays off in the long run.

Inspect Annually

An annual inspection is hand-down the best, and easiest, way to apply an ounce of prevention. Your new roof is currently under warranty from the manufacturer and the professional installer you hired. A quality contractor stands behind his work, and will most likely agree that keeping on top of maintenance is the best way to secure a long life for your new roof.

Quick and easy, an annual inspection allows for an eyes-on evaluation of the entire roof and identifies any potential areas of concern. Good news? Roofing shingles have come a long way in both style and durability. Not only do they enhance the beauty of your home and increase your home’s value, when properly installed, a new roof can last anywhere between 15-20 years.

Fix Small Problems

It may not seem like a big deal to have a few lifted shingles, but ignoring small problems always leads to bigger issues. Conversely, a minor repair now and then can save you thousands and extend the life of your roof. Don’t let small leaks compromise the integrity of your roof, and the home below. If you discover things like loose shingles, or compromised flashing where water can get in, don’t wait to address these minor problems. Small problem = small repair.

Clean Your Roof & Gutters

Ongoing maintenance of your roof and gutters means that the work never gets ahead of you. Regular roof cleanings and professional power washing will keep your roof clean and free of debris that can cause water, and in the winter months, ice, to build up and cause damage. Being proactive is the best way to prolong the life of your roof.

Roof Maintenance: Ask for Help!

If you aren’t certain about maintaining your roof yourself, ask for help. A quality contractor can help with annual inspections, cleaning and maintenance. Together, you’ll be able to keep your new roof in tip-top shape for years to come.


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