An asphalt roof protects your home for many years, but damage is always a possibility from trees, storms, and animals like rats and raccoons. One type of damage you might not think of too often is fire damage. A small fire in your home, a chimney fire, or flying embers from a brush fire can cause damage to your asphalt shingles. Here's a look at the type of damage a fire can cause and how repairs might be undertaken.
Your roof has a limited lifetime. While the actual number of years you can eke out of it depends on a number of factors, including the grade of shingles used and how well they were installed, the average life expectancy for an asphalt shingles is just 15 to 20 years. Mother Nature also comes into play. The weather that your roof endures over its lifetime can greatly impact these numbers. Rain, salt water spray, heavy snow load, hail, strong winds, and ice storms can batter a roof and shorten its life.
If you have a foam roof, you want to make sure that you keep it in great shape so that it can continue to provide you with protection for years to come. It is easy to take care of a foam roof.
Remove Large Objects by Hand
When large objects get on your roof, such as tree branches, leaves, trash, and even bird nests, make sure that you remove them by hand.
The problem with gutters is that they become weak, uneven, and damaged after years of usage. Gutters in climates where it is cold and icy endure the hardest wear. Also, gutters on a roof underneath trees can get clogged and over-weighted quite easily. Basically, if you have a home with a gutter attached to the fascia board, you can expect that you will need to replace it at least once over the lifetime of your property.
Are you looking for ways to make your commercial building more energy efficient? If so, one way you can do it is with the roof. Consider these ways that will help reduce how much energy your business uses.
Add Roof Insulation
One easy way to make your building energy efficient is by adding more insulation. It helps keep the heat from the sun outside during the summer, and keeps all that heat from your furnace inside during the winter.