Do’s And Don’ts Of Asphalt Roof Maintenance

Common Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Almost four out of five homeowners in the US have an asphalt roof, like this one, and the popularity of this roofing option is due to the price-durability ratio. It is probably the most affordable roofing material and provides decent protection for different roof types.

Asphalt roofing materials typically come in two variants: organic asphalt and fiberglass shingles. They are resistant to fire, water and wind.

Asphalt roof maintenance guarantees its durability and resistance for many years (up to 20 years, according to manufacturer warranties). It takes only a few simple actions to perform maintenance operations once and twice every year.

Clean the gutters and downspouts, freeing them from leaves, debris, snow or ice formation. Also remove any sign of vegetation growth, as well as bird nests.

 To detect potential shingle damage, examine the roof, from the attic, on a sunny day.  If you notice light penetrating through the roof, it indicates that there may be damaged or missing shingles – and this is a big problem that requires immediate repairs.

 Check the roof`s structure and the wood elements; they may be attacked by xylophages insects, their presence being signaled by tiny holes or crumbs on the floor.

Inspecting an asphalt roof and performing minor repairs is not so difficult and some homeowners choose to fix them on their own. However, if you take this decision, do not work on the roof during days with bad weather and use security equipment to prevent accidents.

Tile Roof Maintenance For Winter

Tile Roof Maintenance Tips

In order to fully enjoy the comfort of your home, you must pay special attention to the roof, from the design and construction phase as well as after it is finished. If you want your roof to have a long life span and withstand severe weather, you need to prioritize maintenance, regardless the type of the coating materials. The life of the roof can be prolonged or drastically reduced by your own action, so choose to be proactive and schedule seasonal maintenance operations.

Ceramic tiles have a manufacturer-guaranteed lifetime of up to 50-60 years, but specialists estimate that if this type of roof is properly built and installed, it will protect your house for a century and even longer.

If some ceramic tiles move from their place or get damaged, this problem is visible easily and can be repaired quickly, so that water infiltrations do not cause even greater damage.

Cleaning your tile roof from snow is another important maintenance operation in the cold season. A thick layer of snow is heavier than you may think and you must protect your roof from overloading. Snow and ice formation may also clog the drainage system, so make sure you do not forget about cleaning your gutters and downspouts after a heavy snowfall. For winter roof maintenance, call on
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