How to Maintain an Asphalt Shingle Roof

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If your roof isn’t maintained properly, it won’t last. It will need repairs and a complete replacement much quicker than it should. You have the power to take control and ensure that your asphalt shingles are maintained in a responsible and careful manner. Here are some tips.

Perform a Regular Inspection

To identify potential issues and problems, have a professional roofer inspect your roof. He will inspect your roof for any signs of biological growth, such as blue algae or plant debris, as well as torn and damaged shingles, chimneys, soffits, and other issues. Make sure your roof is inspected at least twice a year by a professional. This inspection should be done in the fall or spring. These small issues can be addressed before they become major problems.

Regular cleaning

Clean up all debris from your roof and any related systems. Clearing away all debris from the roof, flashing, vents and skylights is a good idea. Make sure to clean out all ventilation and downspouts. Use a trowel or a brush to remove leaves and other debris from gutters. This will allow water to drain easily through the downspouts.

Take Care of the Nearby Tree and Plant Growth

Trees, shrubs, or other greenery can grow onto your roof, causing significant damage. Tree branches near your roof should be removed. Remove all vegetation hanging over your roof. If you are unsure, hire a contractor to trim the difficult to reach areas.

Eaves Protection

To prevent debris buildup and make cleanup easier, homeowners may install metal mesh grate protectors.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.