There are many reasons asphalt shingles remain the go-to roofing option. They are reasonably priced and easy to install, not to mention beautiful. They are available in a wide variety of colors and textures, with some even mimicking the earthy good looks of wood shakes, tile and slate.
Since asphalt roofing is the most common type of roof in America, it’s not surprising that many homeowners develop their own ways of taking care of it. However, some of these maintenance practices can actually cause more problems with your roof.
- Using Pressure Washers
Pressure washers do clean off the dirt, moss and algae from your roof. However, the force of a pressure washer can strip the granules of the individual shingles and even cause water to penetrate the surface and cause leaks. Before using your pressure hose, make sure that you check your roofing material, and read your manufacturer’s prescribed cleaning guidelines.
- Not Checking Roof Ventilation
An asphalt shingle roof needs sufficient ventilation to stay in good shape. Without ventilation, heat and moisture will build up in the space underneath your roofing system, allowing mold and mildew to develop in the rafters. The trapped heat can also bake the shingles overhead, causing them to age prematurely.
- Pulling Out Shingles During Roof Repair
Some homeowners make the mistake of pulling out existing shingles when looking for the source of a roof leak. However, this could end up causing more damage to the roof. It’s best to get help from roofing professionals, especially since the inspection is important when they’re giving you a free roof repair estimate.
- Leaving Debris on Your Asphalt Shingle Roof
Leaves and debris on the surface of your roof retain moisture, which causes algae growth. They look unsightly and accelerate the deterioration of your asphalt shingle roof. That is why, if you spot debris on your roof, clear it immediately.
- Overlooking Your gutters
Gutters are an important component of your roofing system. When they become congested with leaves and other debris, they allow water to back up and overflow, and even find its way to the fascia board, deteriorating gutters and causing moisture damage. If overlooked, this damage may extend to the roof structure, weakening it. When planning for shingle roof maintenance, make sure to contact a professional gutter repair services contractor to check your roof.
- Walking Carelessly on the Roof
Some inspections can’t be done from ground level, so some homeowners use a ladder to climb up and get a better view. Unfortunately, many of them walk carelessly on the roof surface, putting unnecessary weight on some shingles and inadvertently causing more damage.
- Performing DIY Repairs and Replacements
Repairs and replacements on your roof are best left to professionals. Getting roofing projects done by well-trained professionals is actually worth the roof repair cost because it doesn’t put your roof at risk. It also ensures that you won’t void any product warranties or your home insurance.
For all of your exterior renovation needs, turn to Willi Roofing Services. We are a commercial roofing, residential siding and gutter contractor that provides homeowners with high-quality and professional roofing services. Call us at (512) 855-2014, or fill out our contact form to schedule your FREE in-home estimate on any of our top-quality services! We serve clients in Pflugerville, TX.