Asphalt shingles are a very popular choice for a roofing system, but the material can form leaks in it over the years. If your home's roof is constructed with shingles, you may not even be aware of the maintenance you should be doing. In order to keep your shingles functioning great, be sure to follow these 6 tips for shingle maintenance.
Remove the Debris
Twigs, leaves, and trash can all find their way onto your roof, all of which can get underneath a shingle and create damage. Debris is also responsible for helping algae and moss develop, which obstructs how water flows off your roof. Remove debris as soon as you notice it.
Inspect the Flashing
The flashing is what keeps water from getting into your home's interior. Unfortunately, the flashing can become corroded, which will cause small holes to form in the flashing. Occasionally inspecting your flashing is needed to help make sure that there are not any leaks in the roof.
Replaced Damage Shingles
It's possible for a shingle to fall off your roof, or become damaged beyond the point of repair. This can happen due to hail or strong winds. Loose shingles are simple to fix if you use roofing cement. If you ignore a loose shingle, it can cause more damage to your roof, eventually causing nearby shingles to loosen as well.
Inspect the Sealant/Caulking
Sealants and caulking are what prevents water from getting underneath the shingles, and the material can crack and experience wear and tear as it gets older. Look at the caulking used on your roof, and scrape it off and replace it if it looks cracked and damaged.
Clear Downspouts and Gutters
If your downspouts and gutters are clogged then the water will have nowhere to go. Water will eventually back up in the gutter, and start flowing underneath the bottom row of shingles. The simple solution to this problem is to make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear, especially after the fall when the leaves start falling off the trees.
Trim Nearby Trees
Trees that have limbs that hang over your roof are a problem for a couple reasons. The main reason is the risk of the limb falling onto your roof and causing damage. These limbs are also a way that pests can get up on your roof. They will climb up the tree and make the leap from the tree limb to the roof, and potentially cause damage to your shingles when looking for food or shelter.
If you need help repairing your shingles, contact a local roofing company.