How to Make the Most of Your Roofing in Virginia

December, 2013 by Alma Abell

New roofs are expensive–costing an average of $18,800 for a new roof made from composition shingles, and up to $40,000 for a roof made of higher-end materials. When you make that sort of investment, you should do all you can to protect it; even if your roof is older, keeping it in good repair will prolong its useful lifespan. Below, you’ll get some tips that will help you make the most of your home’s Roofing in Virginia.

Regular Gutter Cleanings

Clogged gutters can cause problems such as wet basements and ruined siding, but the overflow can also move upward. When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, water can soak into your roof sheathing, rotting it and the rafters. Repairing this kind of water damage can cost thousands, but you can avoid the problem by cleaning your gutters at least twice per year. You can do it yourself if you’re comfortable doing so, or you can hire a roofer to do the job for less than $250 in most cases.

Clean the Roof Itself

If your home has a peaked roof surrounded by relatively low landscaping, your roof likely stays clear naturally. However, if you live under the shade of a few trees, or your roof is more complex, you’ll probably see leaves collect near chimneys and in valleys. If they aren’t removed, these leaves will decompose and trap moisture, encouraging the growth of weeds. For those with low Roofing in Virginia, the leaves may be removed with a brush and a telescoping pole, but if your roof’s pitch is high, the job should be left to a roofing professional.

Clear the Moss

In many places, composition shingles can become covered with unsightly algae–which can be cleaned with a bit of bleach water. Those living in the Northwest may find moss growing on the roof, especially if it’s made of composition shingles or wood. Moss must be removed because it holds water; new moss can be swept away, but older build-up will need to be killed with a potassium salt product. Apply the product only where moss grows, and try to keep the run-off out of storm drains. You can also consider hiring a roofer to install zinc strips to inhibit moss regrowth. Visit us at Orndorff & Spaid Inc.