Tips For Maintaining Your Shingle Roof

Trust us when we say we know that a new roof is an ✨investment✨.  It’s a huge decision to make for the long term overall life of your home and can also make up a large portion of construction costs. That’s why it’s equally important to take the time to do some routine maintenance and TLC to your shingle roofing system. Read more below on tips for maintaining your asphalt shingle roof.

Some things that can affect the life of your shingle roof include: 

Tips for Maintaining Your Shingle Roof, Roof Damage, Clogged Gutters

So what can you do? Here is a list of tips on how you can maintain your shingle roof as a homeowner.

Keep It Clear

Probably the most obvious of things that you can do is keep your roof clear of any debris. Sitting debris like leaves, branches etc, can cause water to sit on the roof and lead to deterioration of the shingle and rotten plywood. When clearing debris be careful to mind the shingles to prevent the asphalt and granules used to coat them from coming apart. If using a leaf blower to clear the roof of debris, blow down the roof to prevent any debris from getting lodged under the shingles. Pay extra attention to key areas of the roof like chimneys, downspouts, ventilation areas, solar panels and anywhere else that debris can collect around.  

Keep it Flowing

Take the time to regularly check and clear debris from your downspouts. Keeping water flowing efficiently off of your roof is probably the most important way to protect your roofing system from water damage.

Keep it Trimmed

Keep nearby trees and other plant growth trimmed back neatly from your roof. This will further prevent any type of sitting water and debris from affecting your roof.

A General Inspection

Twice a year is a good rule of thumb in regularly checking the overall health of your roofing system. Look for missing or loose shingles. Are there areas that look discolored or sinking in? Discoloration can mean an algae overgrowth, and if areas seem sunken in, there might be a larger issue like rotting plywood. If you do see significant damage, large areas of discoloration, or missing and warped shingle consider that it may be time for a new roof. 

It might seem like these tips are common sense, but its important to actually make sure to stay on top of doing them to make sure you get the most out of your shingle roof!

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