Cleaning and maintaining your asphalt shingle roof helps extend its lifespan and maximize its performance. In doing so, you also avoid costly repairs in the future. Consider these do’s and don’ts to help you get the most out of your roof.
The Do’s of Asphalt Shingle Roof Maintenance
A proactive approach with roof maintenance is essential to ensuring the preservation and even the extension of your asphalt shingle roof’s service life. Aside from the shingles, you should also focus on the other roof components, such as flashings and existing roof installations like skylights, vents and solar panels.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Clear the roof surface of debris, including leaves, branches and other items.
- Trim back or remove overhanging tree limbs that may be touching the roof. This way, you not only reduce the amount of debris collecting on your roof, but also stop potential organic growth on your asphalt shingles.
- See to it that your gutter system is clean as well. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good working order and free of blockages.
For these jobs, you should hire a professional, particularly one that has the experience and the expertise to perform roof renovations.
The Don’ts of Asphalt Shingle Maintenance
Asphalt shingle roofs may accumulate unsightly stains that must be removed. Using a pressure washer, however, is not recommended as the water streaming out of it could loosen the shingles and dislodged the protective granules on their surfaces.
Also, it is not a good idea to use harsh chemicals when cleaning the roof. While bleach can immediately kill the organic growth on the roof surface, its residue flows down the roof and into your landscaping, affecting your garden plants. Metal flashing and gutters may be at risk of getting corroded because of the use of chemicals.
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