Proper Roof Maintenance: A Quick Overview by ASR
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Proper Roof Maintenance:
In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss proper roof maintenance. It is extremely important to monitor and check proper roof maintenance. Our team of experts explain that while your roof should last approximately 30 years, homeowners need to do their part. A team member points out that just like a car will not run for long without proper maintenance, you need to make sure you maintain your roof as well.
Shingle Proper Roof Maintenance:
Since asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular type, we will discuss those here. There are a few things homeowners can do for maximum durability and reliability of their roofs:
- Keep it free of debris. This includes leaves, branches and similar things.
- Leaving debris on roof for extended period of time can cause stains and discoloration which looks awful.
- If your roof is stained, please follow these guidelines we talked about in our previous article.
- Most importantly, homeowners needs to remember that excessive scrubbing and cleaning damages roofs. It can knock off granules and reduce lifespan of roof by a big margin.
Keep Roof Clear:
Homeowners need to understand the importance of proper roof maintenance by keeping their roof free of snow and ice in the winter. While we are not suggesting sweeping it off every time there are light flurries, please make sure there is no build-up. Proper roof maintenance requires that there is no excessive weight and stress on your roof. In the northern climates that get a lot of snow, roofs have been known to collapse from the weight of the buildup if they aren’t cleaned off.
Other Drawback of Letting Ice Build-up on Your Roof:
If you let ice build up, that is extremely bad for the building’s structural integrity. Not only are you letting stress on the structure but the freezing and thawing can cause water to back up under shingles, fascia, trim, and other areas. This can cause severe leaking issues. proper roof maintenance requires that ice needs to be dealt with before it turns into a large block. Cleaning your gutters in the fall can help to prevent ice buildup during the winter, which can save your roof as well as your gutters.
Restrict Traffic on Roof:
Yes, for proper roof maintenance, be sure that you are not allowing family members and friends to roam on your home’s roof. In short, restrict traffic on your roof. If you have to get up there for needed maintenance than do so. However, do not allow unnecessary traffic up there. Ladders, boots, and toolboxes can all rub granules off of your shingles, shortening their lifespan.