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extend-roof-life-2Roof replacements are a major investment for any homeowner. Not only is a roof replacement costly, but it often requires professional installation by qualified contractors which adds to the expense. Extending the life of your roof can provide significant cost savings for you and your family.

With more than four decades of experience in roof repair services, the team at Cherry Roofing and Siding is proud of its reputation for excellence.

As professional, hardworking roof experts, we’ve helped homeowners throughout the entire South Jersey area protect, beautify, and add value to their property through high-quality roofing materials and reliable, detail-oriented results.

How can homeowners extend the life of their roof?

There are a number of ways to extend the life of your roof and keep it looking great for years to come. Here are 12 of them.

1. Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected:

Regularly schedule a roof inspection to identify any potential problems and then address them before they become a major issue. Cherry Roofing and Siding will be able to spot signs of wear, corrosion, or other damage that may cause the roof to fail sooner than expected.

2. Remove Debris:

Accumulated dirt, leaves, and sticks can trap moisture which leads to rot and deterioration of the roofing material over time. Be sure to regularly remove debris from your roof so it does not cause undue wear-and-tear.

3. Make Sure Gutters Are Working Properly:

Gutters are an important part of keeping your roof in good condition since they help channel water away from your home. If gutters are clogged with debris or faulty, they won’t be able to do their job properly and could lead to water pooling on the roof which causes long term damage if not addressed quickly. Cherry Roofing can repair or replace gutters to make sure you do not have the major expense of a new roof before it is time.

4. Trim Tree Branches Close To The Roof:

Overhanging branches can scratch up a roof’s surface as well as harbor moisture, bugs, and other vermin which can all contribute to rapid deterioration over time. Be sure to keep trees trimmed back away from the house so that the branches don’t come into contact with the roof at all times.

5. Address Minor Repairs Immediately:

Finding even small cracks or missing shingles can be indicators of bigger issues down the road if not taken care of right away; neglecting minor repairs only increases the risk of major problems occurring later on down the line that could have been avoided entirely with proper maintenance and attention earlier on. Cherry can fix minor things, so they do not turn into major concerns.

6. Re-Caulk And Seal The Perimeter Of The Roof:

Over time weather conditions such as high winds, extreme temperatures and heavy rain erosion can cause sealant around flashing or chimneys to degrade; make sure this is checked regularly since it serves an important role in keeping out moisture which is critical for maintaining a healthy home environment long term.

7. Install Higher Quality Underlayment Material On Your Flat Roofs:

If your home has flat roofs instead of sloped ones, you should use higher quality underlayment materials that provide superior protection against leaks as well as being more resistant to physical stress like foot traffic or animal activity than traditional materials would be in those areas; this will ultimately extend its lifespan significantly longer than normal materials would allow for otherwise!

8. Invest In A Metal Or Tile Roof For Maximum Durability:

If you’re looking for maximum durability when it comes to your roof, investing in metal or tile options may be worth considering; these materials are typically far more resistant against external conditions such as wind damage or extreme temperatures which can greatly reduce repair costs associated with regular asphalt shingle roofs over time!

9. Utilize Cool Roof Coatings:

Applying cool-roof coatings onto your existing shingles helps reflect heat away from your home while simultaneously protecting them from UV radiation; this reduces energy costs significantly during hot summer months while extending their lifespan far beyond what traditional asphalt shingle roofs would offer without them!

10. Check On Your Warranty Coverage:

Finally, always read through any warranty coverage that came with your current roof installation carefully before making any changes or performing maintenance tasks; understanding what’s covered (and isn’t) will help protect you should anything unexpected occur during routine maintenance moving forward!

11. Keep Leaves, Moss, and Mold Off Your Roof

Leaves, moss, and mold can all wreak havoc on a roof if not taken care of properly. Leaves, in particular, can hold moisture, allowing for moss to form and grow. The combination of leaves and moss can quickly lead to rot or deterioration of the roofing materials which can cause significant damage if left unchecked.

12. Fix a damaged chimney

Fixing a damaged chimney requires a thorough inspection of the area around the chimney and the structure itself. The first step is to check for any cracks, gaps, or other damage that may have occurred due to weather, age, or other factors. If any are found, they should be patched as soon as possible with a sealant.

Here are a few things to look for if you have a damaged chimney:



Flaking or fallen tiles

Missing or damaged shingles near chimney

Damaged or deteriorated flashing

Crumbling masonry

Rust on the metal elements of your chimney

White staining on the outside of your chimney

Ceiling and wall stains near chimney

Damaged mortar joints

Here are some things to look for if you have a damaged roof:

Inside Your Home


Ceiling wet spots

Damaged flashing

Wood damage

On Your Roof

Missing or loose shingles

Torn, cracked, or curling shingles

Sagging or leaning roof



Debris on roof and around chimneys, pipes, and vents

Lots of visible shingle granules

Algae or moss growth

Protruding nails

Gutters and downspouts

How can Cherry Roofing and Siding help extend the life of your roof?

Cherry can do common roof repairs like roof truss repair, roof valley repair, flat roofs repair, roof leaks, roof vents repair, skylight repair, ridge capping repair, roof sealant repair, shingle repair (wood shingles and asphalt shingles), slate roof repair, metal roof repair, roof leak repair, roof pitch repair, hail damage roof repair, roof truss repair, roof inspection, minor roof repairs, roof valley repair, roof leak repair, sagging roof, roof verge repair, roof pitch repair, ridge capping repair, damaged shingles repair, chimney repair, debris removal, and other proper maintenance.

You should also look for roof damage such as missing or damaged shingles, cracked shingles, missing shingles, hail damage repair, and a sagging roof.

Call Cherry Roofing and Siding today to extend the life of your roof.