Asphalt shingles are among the most popular types of roofing material on the market, and for many reasons. Not only are they durable, long-lasting, and inexpensive, they require very little maintenance. However, the little maintenance asphalt shingles require is quite important if you want to make the most of all their other performance qualities and features.
Continue reading to learn what you should know about asphalt shingle roofing systems, including a recommended maintenance plan that fits the budget.
In order to understand the level of maintenance your roofing system needs, you must first learn what causes the most roof damage. At the top of the list comes inclement weather, such as high winds, rain, snow, ice, sleet, hail, and more. Other causes of roof damage include poor installation, increased humidity, imbalanced ventilation, nuisance wildlife, poor water drainage, biological growth (mold, mildew, algae, fungi, etc.), and of course, inconsistent (or ignored) maintenance and repair needs.
Now that you know what can harm your roof, you can implement the proper strategies to protect your property from season to season. Here’s your basic guide to asphalt roof maintenance:
═ Gutter and Downspout Cleaning
One of the most important tasks you can do as a homeowner is to keep your gutter and downspout systems clean and clear of debris. Otherwise, you put your roof at risk of biological growth, discoloration, and worst of all, water damage. If you live right next to or directly on a wooded lot, it is strongly encouraged to install gutter guards for help managing twigs, leaves, and other airborne gutter obstructions. It is also recommended to keep nearby trees pruned back in the spring and summer to protect your roof and gutters.
═ Routine Surface Clearing
Aside from your gutters and downspouts, it is important to implement a periodic inspection of your roof to ensure it is free of debris like bird nests, twigs, branches, leaves, and garbage. Just take a quick glance once a month, and if you notice an accumulation, be sure to have it cleared away. If you decide to do this yourself, be sure you are familiar with ladder safety. See our blog, “Critical Safety Tips for Using a Ladder on the Roof” for a helpful review.
═ Maintain Good Roof Ventilation
Although durable, asphalt shingles are still prone to all sorts of damage, which changes from season to season. It is vital that you maintain a properly ventilated roofing system all year long, otherwise, you can face a wide range of costly damages. Be sure to have your roof inspected by a professional Indianapolis roofing company at least once per year. If you do this, you can expect to get the most in terms of performance and value from your asphalt shingled roof.
═ Make Minor Repairs
A small roof defect can turn into a large one in a very short amount of time. This increases labor and material costs, which in turn, increases your total roof repair bill. To avoid this kind of problem, be sure to have any minor repairs tended to before they can erupt into enormous damages. This includes missing or peeling shingles, water leaks, gaps, warping, pest infestations, and more.