One of the easiest ways to extend the life of your roof is by keeping it clean. Avoid letting anything accumulate on your roof. That includes leaves, twigs, nests and anything growing. All these things can lead to roof damage over time.
Leaves, twigs and branches can draw water and moisture. These items can eventually break down into rot and mold. Nests, small animals and insects can all slowly eat away at the integrity of your roof. If you keep your roof from collecting debris, you will effectively add life to it.
Keep Your Roof Clean
You don't have to go too far out of your way to clean debris off your roof. The sooner you clean it, the easier debris is to remove. Using a dedicated roof sweeper or roof rake can help you get rid of most things up there. They're basically brushes or rakes attached to telescoping poles.
You can also use a hose on your roof, but don't use a power washer. If you use too powerful of a spray, you can damage or remove shingles and other roofing materials.
Pay Attention to Your Rain Gutters
Debris in your gutters can lead to many of the same issues as debris directly on top of your roof. One are can actually contribute debris to the other area and vice versa.
Remove accumulated debris from rain gutters. You can also use the hose on your gutters, and brush them out as well. Your rain gutters represent a part of your overall roof. Don't neglect them.

2. Make Sure You Keep Tree Branches Away from Your Roof
A lot of the aforementioned debris can come from trees and their branches growing too close to or over your roof. That's why it's a good idea to have your trees trimmed.
It's possible for tree limbs to damage the roof in other ways as well. To start, there's the possibility that a tree branch is consistently rubbing your roof. This can tear off shingles and graze other roof material. There's also the possibility of storm damage. If a limb breaks off onto the roof, it can cause you serious problems that need immediate repairs.
In addition, a branch that touches your roof can form a bridge for insects and rodents to gain access to your roof. You must also consider the health of the tree. If it's dead or dying, a branch can break off at any time. A large branch can destroy your roof.
Dealing with Trees and Branches
The best way to deal with trees is by hiring a professional. Otherwise, you can contact a roofing expert about best practices for dealing with tree branches too close to your roof. Do not attempt to cut down limbs on your own unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing.

3. Make Sure You Seek Repairs Immediately
If you have a leak, notice missing shingles, or even suspect damage to your roof, don't wait to have it repaired. Every roofing issue will grow worse over time if left unchecked.
At the Johnson Roofing Co. we can inspect your roof for problems or potential problems. We can help to maintain your roof and make prompt repairs so you can continue to enjoy your roof for years to come. Contact us to learn more about making your roof last longer.