If you recently had a new set of asphalt shingles installed on your home's rooftop, it is likely you are enjoying the improved appearance they provide to your property. Asphalt shingles require some simple maintenance steps be taken in keeping them looking new for as long as possible. Failing to take precautions in the care of your roof can lead to shingles that wear prematurely. Here are some tips you can use to keep your shingles in great condition for a long time.
Take the Time to Remove Tree Limbs
If there are tree limbs hovering above your rooftop, damage to your shingles will be much quicker than if your rooftop is uncovered. Pests use trees as a means of transportation, leading them to your rooftop if branches are too close to your home. Sap, needles, and other natural debris will also be likely to land on top of your roof, leading to discoloration of your shingles over time. Take the time to call a tree company to remove limbs that put your home at risk for damage. Not only will a limb removal session keep your shingles intact, but it will also keep your roof safe from potential holes caused by falling branches.
Keep Your Rooftop Clean to Avoid Wear
To keep your shingles looking new, routine cleaning procedures should be done to your rooftop. Purchase an asphalt shingle cleaning solution from a local home goods store or via your roofing service. This can be applied to the shingles with a clean piece of non-abrasive cloth. Rinse the solution well after it is applied. Most solutions will remove algae, black mold, and dirt with ease. If you do not clean your shingles regularly, permanent staining is possible. In addition to deep-cleaning with a solution, take the time to rinse your roof with a garden hose to remove loose debris so fading of the shingles is not likely.
Care For Your Gutter System Properly
The gutters on your home should also be cleaned out to aid in keeping shingles looking like new. If a gutter fills with water, it will cause the tips of shingles overhanging over the moisture to become saturated. This will cause the shingles to weaken considerably. Remove all sludge from the inside of your gutters as soon as it is noticed. This will keep water flowing away from your rooftop, saving your shingles from unnecessary over-exposure to moisture as a result.
For more information, contact a business such as Melton Industries LLC.Share
17 July 2017
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.