Your roof is vital for keeping you and your family protected from the elements. Regular maintenance is crucial to keep your roofing in optimal condition. If you don’t keep your roof well maintained, you may have to pay for an expensive new roofing installation. Here are five tips to help maintain asphalt shingle roofing.
Wet debris can create moisture damage with your asphalt shingle roofing. This clogged organic matter can become especially damaging during winter when the temperature freezes. Water damage can cost around $2,000 to $3,000 in roofing repairs. Make sure to clear any leaves and branches off your roof on a regular basis. You can spot moisture damage on shingled roofs by looking for curling or buckling around the edges.
Unclog Your Gutters
Another maintenance task you should do on a regular basis is clean your gutters. Dig out leaves and other organic matter that can block water flow. You may want to install metal meshed grates that can make gutter cleanup easier. Ensure that the downspouts are carrying away from the home to prevent pools of standing water. Check for any cracks and repair using caulk.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Branches that hang over your roof can cause significant damage to roof shingles. Trim overhanging branches to prevent them from scraping and pulling off shingles during storms. This will also help reduce moss buildup that can create water damage.
Insulate and Ventilate Your Roof
Adequate insulation and ventilation are crucial for maintaining your roof. This can help prevent excess moisture from rotting your roof. Make sure your vents are allowing enough air circulation to prevent ice dams during the winter months. With proper insulation and ventilation, you can also save money on your monthly energy bills.
The strips of metal along roof edges are called flashings. Their purpose is to divert water away from areas not covered by roof shingles. Inspect the flashings for signs of rust, cracking, or separation. Clean off any rust you find and seal cracks and separation with caulking.
If you notice problems with your asphalt shingle roofing, you may want to consult with a licensed and experienced roofing contractor. Our professionals at ROOFWORKS are available to assist with any roof repairs or installations. Call today to receive a free estimate.