An asphalt shingle roof can provide up to 20 years of protection against weather elements. However, the length of its service life is largely dependent on the amount of attention and maintenance you give to it. If you want to extend the lifespan of your asphalt shingles, it is essential that you avoid a few bad maintenance practices, including the following:
- Carelessly using a pressure washer on the roof: When removing dirt and leaves off your roof, it is important to use a pressure washer with care. For one, do not aim it directly up the roof as it can push water under the shingles and force it into your home. It can also damage the protective coating of shingles when used too harshly. Professional cleaners, however, know that it is best to cover a few shingles at a time, and they know how to safely maneuver the tool when more power is needed.
- Pulling off the shingles to check for leaks: Inspecting and replacing your shingles may seem like a simple task, but it can inflict damage to other shingles that were in perfect condition. There are safer and more cost-effective ways to check for leaks, and bringing in a roof repair specialist tops that checklist. He or she can accurately assess the condition of your roof, determine the location of leaks and provide long-term solutions so your roof can maintain its protective barrier for years to come.
- Not trimming back overhanging trees: While tall, overhanging trees make your home beautiful and nurtured, they can be unfavorable to your asphalt shingles. Not only do they scratch asphalt shingles and drop leaves and debris into the gutters, but they can also be a catalyst to fires. Make sure to clear the surrounding area of your roof to prevent costly issues from occurring.
TopTier Roofing is a premier source of residential roofing solutions, including roof maintenance and snow and ice removal. Our certified team is committed to delivering high-quality products and personable service to homeowners in and around Syracuse, NY. Call us at (315) 871-5681, or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation quote.