Asphalt shingle roofing maintenance is generally considered as the roofing contractor’s responsibility. But the truth is, homeowners have certain responsibilities — leaving all the maintenance work to the roofing contractor would be simply impractical. In today’s post, local roofing contractor Pruden Roofing shares a quick guide on asphalt shingle maintenance.
Roof Cleaning and Inspection
As the homeowner, you have the capability to keep an eye on your roof at a moment’s notice and with minimal resources. One of the maintenance tasks that you can do is to keep your roof clean. You can keep leaves and debris off the roof by reducing the risks of fire damage and leaks caused by twigs lodged between shingles by using a leaf blower or simulated rain using a garden hose. The debris will gather in the gutters, where you can scoop them out. Never use a pressure washer on asphalt shingles, as this could strip the granule layer and damage the rooftop.
A roofing inspection is easy to do and only needs to be done once a year, yet it is beneficial to your asphalt shingle roof’s health. Simply use a good pair of binoculars to inspect every inch of the roof, paying close attention to components such as flashing, vent pipes, and chimneys. If you find signs of damage or if there are missing components, have your residential roofing contractor fix it as soon as possible.
Check the Attic
When climbing into the attic, pay attention to two things: the air quality and pinholes of light coming through the roof. Ideally, the air in the attic should be more or less similar to outdoor conditions. If it’s hot and humid, the attic may be poorly-ventilated and may result in damaged insulation, framing, and roof deck. Pinholes of light are, obviously, indicators of holes in the roof. Ignoring them can lead to roofing leaks. Both will need to be fixed by your roofing contractor.
Ultimately, these asphalt shingles maintenance tasks should complement the scheduled maintenance tasks conducted by your roofing contractor, not replace them. The sooner repairs are done, the less vulnerable your roof will be. Also, the repair work (and the corresponding costs) will be lower than what it would have been if such problems were ignored, so you could say that sticking to a home maintenance routine can help you save money in the long run.