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Take simple steps to make your roof last longer and delay the need for expensive repairs.

Most roofs can be expected to last for at least 15 years (depending on the type of roof and weather conditions), but by properly maintaining your roof and quickly identifying warning signs, you can nearly double that. The first step to taking care of your roof is regular inspection—have an initial inspection performed by a qualified roofing contractor, and then check your roof yourself once a year or after a heavy storm. This will allow you to catch problems early and take care of them before they become too expensive. Here are some more roof maintenance tips:
Check roof flashings. Roof flashings are one of the biggest reasons for a leaky roof—they cover areas where the roof pitch changes (chimneys, vents, skylights) and are often made of metal, so they’re weaker than the roof surface surrounding them and can be compromised by bad weather. Check your flashings annually and look for tearing, rusting, leaking and general signs of wear.
Caulk nail heads, flashing fasteners and mounting brackets near vents and chimneys. This will keep nails and bolts from rusting and prevent water from leaking into the roof. A professional can do this for you, but you can also do it yourself with a tube of roof caulk and a caulking gun.
Inspect tiled roofs. Roof tiles are prone to cracks and holes, so inspect them for damage—especially if potential damage has occurred (after rain, hail or wind storms). Replace broken or cracked tiles, as well as cracked mortar in between roofing tiles.
Keep leaves and debris off the roof. Leaves can trap moisture on the surface of your roof, making it more susceptible to rotting and deterioration. If leaves gather in valleys and gutters on your roof, sweep them off as soon as possible.
Remove roof lichen and moss. Roof moss and lichen can damage roofing by attaching to the paint and particles, causing the surface of the roof to flake or crack. They can also permanently pit or crack roof tiles, and moss keeps roofs from drying out, which can result in a deterioration of roofing materials. Use a roof lichen killer to prevent plant growth and keep your roof looking like new.