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Homeowner's Guide to a Healthy Roofing System

Posted on August 30, 2019

Moline Roof Replacement

The health of your roof impacts the health of your whole home. If your roof leaks and rots, the structure of your home could be in danger. On the other hand, a healthier roof means a home better protected from the elements so it's both comfortable and healthy. What goes into a healthy roof, though? It's a matter of the right roofing system, the right installation, and maintenance to keep it up. Here's our guide to a healthy roofing system:

Roof Selection

The first step is finding the right roof for your home. Roofing materials vary in terms of budget, quality, lifespan, and style. They can even vary in how they hold up to different climates so, for instance, one type of roof that's perfect for Texas heat may not be the right choice for an Illinois home. Take all of these elements into consideration when choosing your roof. What can you afford? What kind of look is most appealing to you? How long will a particular type of roof last on your home? You can choose your roof from there, with the help of an expert roofer.

Climate Protection

The climate in Moline, Illinois can be harsh. Our summers are hot, but our winters can be extreme. That's why Mainstream Home Improvements installs roofs with six feet of ice and water shield. This protects roofs from ice dams or water damage that could cause leaks or roof rot. Your attic can be particularly vulnerable to water damage, affecting the rest of the structure of your home or the temperature control of the home. Comprehensive ice and water shields will stop the problem before it starts.

Roof Gutters

But ice and water shields shouldn't be your only protection from water. Roof gutters are designed to funnel water run-off from your roof to a downspout away from your home. It's a small element of your roofing system, but a vital one. This affects so much more than the health of your roof, including your siding, your front lawn, and your foundation, which can become vulnerable as soil erodes around it.


A good roof won't require constant maintenance, but you shouldn't neglect it, either. Every fall and spring, take time to clean out your roof gutters and make sure there are no scrapes and cracks. Take a look at your roof to see if you notice any missing shingles or discolored spots. If so, it could be time to call a roofing contractor to address the problem. If you're attentive to your roof and do light maintenance once or twice a year, a good roofing system with a knowledgeable installation will last for years. 

Want to start on the process of having a healthy roof with a replacement roof for your home? Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate.

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