There are many roofing material options, but asphalt shingles are among the most popular. They are valued for their traditional looks and affordability. You may already have an asphalt shingle roof or you may be installing a new one. Whatever it is, you must know about its maintenance requirements to ensure it lasts longer.
At A Roof 4 You, we specialize in the installation and repair of all the popular roofing materials. Our services are available throughout the Greater San Antonio area. We recommended the following maintenance tips to make your asphalt shingle roofing last longer.
Asphalt shingle roofs are known for requiring low maintenance. Still, you should give them a little attention to keep them in proper shape. Still, the following tips can help add years to your roof.
1. Clean the Gutters Often
Usually damaged paint in the basement and siding are caused by clogged gutters. The overflow may also move up. If leaves build up in the gutters, water may wick and reach the roof sheathing. It can cause the roof sheathing or even the roof rafter to rot. When you clean the gutters in the spring and fall, it can help you potentially save thousands.
2. Remove Ice Dams
Winter Storm hit San Antonio last week and many homes are prone to build ice on the roof. It is recommended to remove it to prevent leaks into your home. Avoid prying-off the ice that has already been formed. Instead, use a rake to remove snow within a few feet of the gutters. You may use a telescoping pole to work from the ground or use a ladder to climb up. It is also important to insulate the attic properly to prevent ice dams. Air leaks and improper insulation can increase their risk.
3. Trim any Overhanging Branches
Trimming and keeping any overhanging branches off the roof can help prevent any damages. Shingles can get damaged by abrasion caused by leaves and limbs that touch the roof. High winds can speed up the damage.
Such branches can also allow rodents access to the roof. Make sure that the branches around your home are at least 10 feet away. Tree trimming is a job that is better left to the experts.
4. Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles
There are many roof issues that you can spot from the ground. Look at the roof once in a while to check if any shingles are missing or damaged. If there are many missing shingles, get them replaced immediately. Else, it can expose your home to the elements. Wind can more easily knock away parts of the roof.
5. Timely Repair
If you identify problem areas on the roof that needs repair, don’t delay it. Keeping the asphalt shingles in good condition can go a long way in protecting your home from the elements. Minor roof repairs can avoid extensive repairs and add more years to your roof and home.
At A Roof 4 You, we recommend inspecting your roof regularly to identify potential issues. If you think you do not have the expertise to fix a problem, you should call in the experts. We provide installation, repair, and maintenance services for all types of roofing materials in the Greater San Antonio area.
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