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.