Making sure that you maintain your asphalt roofing just as important as maintaining every other part of your home. It will extend the longevity of your roof and will prevent the need for more expensive repairs down the line. However, many homeowners are unaware of what exactly they need to do to maintain their roof. To give you some guidance, here are some maintenance tips you should follow:
Tip #1: Clear Out Any Debris
It’s natural for your roof to build up leaves and twigs over time. Even if you don’t have tall trees near your home, the wind may blow it towards the top of your roof. While debris doesn’t seem like it would pose any problems to your asphalt roofing, the problem is caused by moisture.
The debris tends to hold the moisture and will disintegrate your roof faster than usual. Usually, the water would slide right off if not for the debris. The debris can also clog up your gutter system. The clog can lead to water pouring over the sides. This then leads to water seeping in where it shouldn’t and as well water pools damaging the roofing.
Tip #2: Maintain Roof Flashings
You must always check your roof flashings. The roof flashings are sheet metal that is placed between roof sections to divert water from getting into your home. If the roof flashings have cracks, rusting, or holes in them, it will slowly start to deteriorate parts of your roof and even your walls. Whenever you see deterioration, you should hire a Calgary roofing company to replace them.
Tip #3: Replace Broken, Worn or Loose Shingles
Your asphalt roofing shingles will inevitably start to wear out. You want to continually check the shingles to repair loose shingles and replace cracked shingles. Shingles also do have a lifespan. If you find that the shingles seem to be losing color or wearing out due to age, you should consult with a roofing Calgary roofing company to see if they need to be replaced.
This is not something you should ignore. As shingles wear out, the actual asphalt will become exposed. This accelerates the damage to your roof, and you may end up having to pay more down the line. What you’ll often notice are excessive dark spots and missing granules. This means that there has been a right amount of deterioration, and the shingles are starting to fall apart.
Tip #4: Check the Caulking/Sealants
Always make sure that you check the areas that are sealed by caulking or other sealants. Like every other part of your roof, they will eventually crack or peel off due to exposure to the elements. If you don’t remove them and apply new caulking/sealants, water will start to seep into space which can start to damage your home.
Tip #5: Make Sure Your Attic is Well Ventilated
Many homeowners aren’t aware that their attics can play a role in roof damage. You need to keep your roofing ventilated so that moisture does not accumulate. Moisture, mold, and mildew can build and start to eat away at the structure of your roof from the inside out.
You also need to watch out for winter season. The heat inside your attic can cause the ice on your roof to melt. The water will drip down and start to form an ice dam at the edge of your roof. When ice dams form, the water trickles down underneath your roof’s edges which causes water damage.
These are some essential maintenance tips to follow to take care of your asphalt roof. But just how often should you check your roof? You should try to check every three months. You should also check your roof after extreme weather such as storms, strong winds, and heavy snow.
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