North America’s most popular shingle option is certainly known for it’s strength & durability, but just like any other roofing option, it is prone to its maintenance issues, and keeping up with the needs of the system is essential for getting the most out of your shingle roof. If you’re one of the millions of homeowners in this country who has an asphalt shingle roof, it is important to understand what needs to be done in order to keep your roof in good repair, and your home protected from the elements. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the maintenance you should be performing on your roof, keep reading below for more information!
Clear Off Debris
The first tip is important for keeping your shingles safe from moisture damage, and for ensuring that the granules on your roof stay in place. If there is any debris on your roof, including sticks, dead leaves, or pine needles, it is a good idea to clean the system off debris periodically. While most homeowners don’t consider cleaning their roof of leaves or sticks, they can hold moisture on the system, which can be particularly damaging come winter when it freezes. Furthermore, sticks and branches can end up dislodging granules, which can have a significant impact on the lifespan of the shingles. Cleaning debris off of the system is a good idea for the health of the system!
Check For Moisture Damage
One roofing issue that tends to have a more significant impact on asphalt shingles than slate or clay tiles is moisture. Moisture can end up seeping into asphalt shingles, and the damage can reveal itself in a variety of ways. One of the telltale signs of moisture damage in asphalt shingles is curling or buckling at the edges of the shingles. This indicates absorption of water, and by the time it’s showing in your shingles, it has likely impacted your roof deck, which can lead to far more serious damage. If you see signs of moisture, it is best to have the system inspect by a professional!
Clean Your Gutter System
Another important piece of maintenance for any style of roof is to clean your gutter system. Making sure you have a properly working gutter system is important for not only keeping your roof protected, but also your siding and foundation! Prevent ice dams and other rot damage by keeping your gutters in working order!
If you need to replace your home’s asphalt shingle roof, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to assisting you!