Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most popular options when it comes to residential roofing. They are inexpensive and easy to install, and can last between 20 to 25 years if taken care of properly. To ensure that your asphalt shingle roof is in its best possible shape for its entire lifespan, here are a few tips on what to avoid when caring for your asphalt shingles.
Letting Fungi and Algae Grow on Your Roof
Another common mistake is letting fungi and algae grow on your roof. Unfortunately, one of the few cons of asphalt shingles is that they can be prone to fungi and algae growth, especially in humid climates. If left alone, fungi and algae can stain your roof, and, eventually, these stains can develop into streaks, which can be a huge eyesore. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule, but be sure to check with your manufacturer first which methods are recommended for cleaning your asphalt shingles to avoid damaging them.
Not Checking Your Roof After a Storm
After extreme weather events like thunderstorms and hailstorms, it is always a good idea to check for damage on your roof. Sometimes, the damage may not be obvious to the untrained eye so it is recommended that you hire a storm damage repair specialist to make sure that your asphalt shingles have not been damaged.
Not Treading Carefully
Sometimes, when we are up on the roof to do a DIY inspection, we forget to tread lightly. Be sure you are not walking carelessly because too much weight and repeated pressure can cause damage to your shingles. Damaged shingles can allow water to penetrate and could wreak havoc to the rest of your roof.
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