Your roof takes a beating every day from the elements. Over time, sun, rain, hail and high winds can cause damage to shingles. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to extend the life of your roof shingles. Preventative maintenance, regular cleaning, gutter cleaning, proactive repair and protective treatmentsare all effective strategies for extending the life of roof shingles.
Practicing preventative maintenance is a great way to extend the life of roof shingles, and it is often very easy. Be sure to remove any branches, leaves or debris that fall on shingles. Check for leaks, soft spots and damaged shingles on a regular basis. Make it a point to examine your roof on a regular basis, especially after storms and as the seasons change. The more attention and effort you put into your roof, the longer your shingles are likely to last.
Repair and Replace Damaged Shingles
Storms and UV exposure can damage shingles. Repairing or replacing damaged shingles quickly helps to limit the impact on your roof structure and the surrounding shingles. Inspect your roof shingles on a regular basis, and replace any that show damage, fading or wear. Proactive replacement of broken shingles helps to extend the life of the surrounding shingles and your roof.
Homeowners often overlook the impact ineffective drainage can have on the life of roof shingles. When water, leaves and debris build up under shingles, rot and erosion may occur. Regular gutter cleaning is key to drainage and extending the life of your shingles.
Apply a Protective Treatment
Many manufacturers offer productive roof treamtment products. These products range in price, application method and effectiveness, as well as color and durability. Applying a protective coating to aging shingles helps to seal leaks, reinforce the integrity of the roof and limit deterioration caused by sun and element exposure.
Many homeowners clean their decks, siding and driveways, but overlook the necessity to do the same to their roofs. A thorough roof cleaning on a regular basis helps to extend the life of your shingles. Effective roof cleaning strategies include broom sweeping, air blowing, detergent washing and chemical treatments. It is important to remember to take safety precautions whenever attempting to clean your roof.
Talk to the Professionals
While there are many things you can do on your own to extend the life of your shingles, working with a professional may be the best course of action. We offer a wide range of roof and gutter cleaning services designed to help you extend the life of your shingles. Contact us to discuss your options for extending the life of your roof shingles.