Maintaining your asphalt roof is very important. Without proper care your roofing system may sustain unexpected damage that could cause it to fail prematurely.
In this post, roof repair experts from Sprague Construction Roofing discuss cleaning and maintenance do’s and don’ts of asphalt roofing.
Do: Trim Trees
An important step in keeping your asphalt roof in top shape is trimming your overgrown trees. This will help prevent debris such as leaves and branches from falling on your roof during strong storms. Removing the debris that has already fallen there will also be a big help to prevent any punctures or pooling water on your roofing system.
Don’t: Use a Pressure Washer
Pressure washers should never be used when cleaning an asphalt roof. This is because the water that streams from the washer can exceed 200 mph, which can loosen, uplift or dislodge your shingles and remove their protective granules.
Do: Clean Your Gutters
Gutters and downspouts are meant to divert rainwater from your property so be sure to keep the system free from blockages. If needed, hire a gutter repair and cleaning service to do the job for you.
Don’t: Use Harsh Chemicals
Harsh chemicals such as bleach may be able to kill any algae that grows on your roof but they can also have a detrimental effect on the system itself. Harsh chemicals can corrode the metal parts of your roof like the flashing and gutters, which can compromise the integrity of the roofing system.
Do: Conduct Inspections
To keep your roof in good condition, have a professional conduct regular inspections at least twice a year. That way, minor problems can be identified and addressed before they worsen and cause costly damage.
Don’t: DIY Roof Cleaning and Maintenance
Unless you are a trained roofing professional, you should never climb up onto your roof to clean or maintain it. Not only can doing so cause damage to the roofing system but it can also be hazardous for you. Instead, leave the roof cleaning and maintenance to the professionals.
Turn to Sprague Construction Roofing for your roofing maintenance needs. We are your number one provider of residential roofing and restoration services. Give us a call at (307) 269-0998 or (406) 200-9080. You can also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Billings, MT, Cody, and nearby areas.