During hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters, it’s critical to keep your asphalt shingle roofing system in top shape. A sturdy, well-maintained roof can successfully protect you and your valuables from the elements while also keeping the interiors comfortable. However, incorrect maintenance is just as bad as outright neglecting to maintain your roof.
There are a wide variety of roof maintenance mistakes that can be a problem for you in the future. So to help you avoid them, here is a list of these roof maintenance mistakes.
- Using Pressure Hoses
While this may appear to be a good idea on the surface because these hoses have the power to remove moss and mold, it could potentially cause major roof damage. While it removes dirt, moss and algae from your roof, the sheer velocity of the water stream can actually cause more damage than good to your roofing structure. Check your roof material, and read your manufacturer’s recommended cleaning requirements before using your pressure hose.
- Delaying Repairs
Roof repair should be done as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Roofing contractors frequently advise examining for indicators of wear and tear, such as cracks and rust.
Cracks in your shingles should be repaired as soon as possible because they allow more water to reach the protecting layers of your roof. Meanwhile, rust could spread swiftly to other portions of your roof, causing it to disintegrate and leak. This, too, should be addressed right away to avoid more significant roofing problems.
- Ignoring the Gutters
Although the gutters are not a part of the roofing system, they play an important role in preventing water from seeping back through the roof’s edges. According to gutter replacement specialists, you should at the very least ensure that the gutters are cleaned of debris on a regular basis and that a gutter guard is installed to avoid further blockage.
- Allowing Algae to Spread on the Roof
Moss and fungi growing on the roof’s surface can contribute to shingle deterioration and are also very unattractive! Moss and algae growth almost always indicate that there is too much moisture in the roof, so have a professional roofing company inspect it before worse, more expensive problems arise.
- Hiring Inexperienced Contractors
Allowing an untrained roofer to work on your roof is almost always a tragedy waiting to happen. Look for a local contractor who is licensed, insured and offers guarantees to assure a solid and long-lasting roof for your home.
You can count on Roof Masters for high-quality exterior improvement solutions, including roofing replacement and window installation. Our certified team is committed to delivering superior workmanship and industry-leading products to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of our customers.
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