Keeping Your Rooftop In The Best Of Condition

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If you have an asphalt shingled rooftop, you will want to take the necessary steps in keeping it maintained throughout the year so you avoid excessive damage due to negligence. Taking the time to properly care for a roof can save you a lot of money in repair work. Here are some routine maintenance steps you can take to help keep your rooftop in the best possible condition. 

Take Care Of The Gutter System

The gutters underneath your roof need to be tended to as part of your maintenance procedures. If water pools up around debris inside your gutters, it can push up underneath your shingles, leading to leaking inside your home. Get on a ladder every few months and remove all debris from inside your gutters. This will allow water to move through to the downspout instead of pushing its way toward your roof.

Check The Rooftop For Damaged Portions

Get up on your rooftop in the spring and again in the fall to look for areas where damage appears imminent. This includes spots where shingles are crumbling or peeling. Pull back shingles that look questionable to see what the roofing paper and wood look like underneath. If there is extensive moisture, you may need an entire roof replacement to repair the structure before it caves into your home. If there are just small areas of moisture, the shingles above can be replaced to stop water from getting inside. Make sure to place new paper beforehand to keep moisture away from the wood underneath.

Look For Rusted Flashing

If you have spots where flashing is used, such as around skylights or up against a chimney, normal wear can cause it to rust over time. This would allow moisture to get underneath, leading to leaking into the home. Replace any rusted flashing with new pieces. Secure them with caulk. 

Clean The Rooftop Regularly

When debris lands on your rooftop, you will want to remove it promptly. Leaving twigs, branches, and leaves on an asphalt rooftop can lead to areas where saturation occurs underneath the items. This water buildup can cause damage to the shingles, causing leaking into the home as a result. Get up on your roof with a push broom after any storms so you can remove these obstructions before this occurs. It is a good idea to use a roof cleaner during these spot checks to keep your asphalt looking nice as well as free from potential molding from spores that land upon shingles with debris. Use an asphalt shingle cleaner to remove all debris effectively.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Davis Bros Roofing.

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