Routine maintenance is essential to extending the lifespan of your asphalt shingle roof. Keep in mind that improper maintenance is just as bad as failing to maintain your roof.
To help you get started, here are the do’s and don’ts of asphalt roof cleaning and maintenance:
Do: Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
Flimsy tree branches are easily knocked down by strong winds. You need to cut these branches down before they fall onto your roof and damage its shingles.
Do: Have Your Gutters Regularly Cleaned
Don’t forget to have your gutters regularly cleaned. Falling leaves and tree branches can accumulate inside your gutters and prevent rainwater from flowing to the drains, causing water to spill onto your roof and exterior.
Do: Remove Roof Stains
Some homeowners mistakenly think roof stains caused by moss and fungi are purely a cosmetic issue, but left unattended, moss and fungi can feed on the organic components in the shingles and slowly damage them. If you see any unsightly stains on your roof, you should have a roofing contractor inspect your roof as soon as possible.
Don’t: Use a Pressure Washer
Too much water pressure can dislodge shingles or remove the granules protecting them from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Don’t: Attempt to Clean Your Home
Some homeowners try to clean their roofing systems themselves to save money, but in most cases, DIY roofing results in roof damage that costs them in the long-run. In general, it’s best to let a professional roofer handle all roofing-related work, including roof maintenance.
Don’t: Hire the First Contractor You Come Across
To ensure a prospective contractor is qualified for the job, make sure to check their qualifications. Remember: always vet a prospective contractor before hiring them. Here’s a vetting tip: a contractor’s certifications can give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Home Remedy USA, a GAF-certified contractor, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof replacement and maintenance services. To get a free quote, call us at (828) 222-0706, or fill out this form.