Your roof protects you from all kinds of weather changes. It requires protection and maintenance too.
Asphalt shingles, one of the most common materials used in residential roofing requires timely inspections. Proper shingle roof maintenance will lengthen the life of your roofing materials, prevent leaks, and costly repairs. It will also save you from premature roof replacement.
I’ll show you some simple things you can do to prolong the life of your roof:
1. Inspect Your Shingles
Check for any curled, broken, or missing shingles on the roof, especially after a storm. Even if you notice some worn out shingles, you’ll have to replace them as they can cause a water leak. Try to contact a professional roofer for this job.
2. Unclog Gutters
Make sure you properly clean the gutters to keep the water flowing. A clogged gutter can cause serious damage to your roof as it can overflow with leaves, bugs, and debris. The water can also make its way underneath your roofing structure.
3. Install Proper Ventilation/Insulation
If your attic doesn’t have the right amount of insulation, it can rot due to excess moisture. A poorly insulated roof will also lead to ice dams, that prevents water from draining through the gutters. This causes damage to the shingles and the roof itself.
A properly insulated and ventilated attic space will save you money and extend the life of your roof.
4. Schedule Regular Roof Inspections
A timely inspection is very critical for maintaining the life of your shingles roof. While you can check for things like shingles damage and gutters, you’ll need a professional to examine every aspect of the roof. They are trained to detect and repair the underlying damages.
You can schedule a free inspection by contacting us today.
5. Inspect Sealant
Make sure your sealant or caulking isn’t cracking, opening, deteriorating, or crazing. Sealant failures can be due to various factors like humidity, frost, dew or general dampness. And it is most commonly found around the penetrations and perimeter flashings.
You’ll have to get your damaged sealant repaired as soon as you can to prevent further damage.
6. Check the Flashings
Flashings that divert water away from critical areas of the roof are prone to rust, corrosion, cracks, and other damages. In some cases, these flashings aren’t even installed properly.
If that happens you’ll have to call a roofer to replace or reinstall your flashings.
7. Remove Moss
Moss can cause damage to your asphalt, wood, and concrete. They usually grow between shingles, causing them to lift away from the roof, allowing water to get inside.
Once the moss starts to bulk up, you can expect water leaks and rotten wood in no time. It’s best to scrub away the moss from the roof or hire a professional for the job.
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This will save you both time and money, and it will also extend the life of your roof.