damage can be an expensive affair. Here
are four things you can do to maintain your
roofing system. Save this list for a once a year checkup.
1. Check the roof surface for
loose, damaged, or
Also check between the
tabs on asphalt as
granules wear off here first and
cause leaks — even when the rest of the
roof looks good. Older slate roofs should
be inspected and maintained annually
by a professional roofer. The
normal life expectancy of a cedar wood roof is approximately
20-40 years, depending on
the quality of the cedar, slope of the roof, and quality and
frequency of protection.
Other wood shingles last 15-20 years.
2. Inspect flashings at vents,
chimneys, and roof valleys for tight seal or defects.
Repair, reseal, or protect all flashings periodically.
3. Check trims, soffits, facias, and barge boards for paint
failure or deterioration.
4. Gutters, gutter-strainers, and downspouts should be cleaned
of leaves and debris periodically.
When gutters and downspouts become blocked, overflowing water
finds its way into the
facias, soffits, roof, and roof sheathing. This problem is the
major cause of paint
failure and decay in soffits and facias. Most gutters require
regular maintenance. All
joints should be checked and resealed if they show the
smallest sign of leakage. Galvanized
guttering generally requires regular painting or spot
painting. Underground downspouts
should be checked and kept clean as clogging could cause water
in the basement.
ranges should give
you a good idea
of average life
used in residential
(or lack of maintenance)
will alter life expectancies.
Normal maintenance is assumed
with these ranges. No guarantee or warranties
are expressed or implied.
50 to 90
40 to 75
At least 70
Interior water pipe
40 to 60
70 to 100
40 to 60
60 to 100
50 to 90
At least 35