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Maintaining Your Roof Shingles: Tips & Advice

Carl Edison 2016-07-19 19:00:00

Congratulations, you’ve had a new roof installed. Now what? In order to ensure your shingles are performing as they should, you need to keep an eye on them to help protect your investment. Here’s how you can keep your shingles looking great, doing their job, and protecting your home.

  • Clean any debris from your roof. This is probably one of the most important jobs when it comes to maintaining your roof. Flat roofs are especially at risk, but luckily, flat roofs are the easiest and safest to inspect and clear off. Any build-up of leaves on a flat portion can trap and keep water, which eventually will work its way into your home. Clear the leaves away by hand or use a leaf blower. Pay attention to the valleys, too.
  • Every two or three months, take a good solid look at your roof. After a rain storm or high wind it is especially important to have a check on your roof to see if there are shingles missing. Replace them immediately. Look at the valleys, flashing, and dormers for any signs of leaks.
  • Keep your eavestroughs clear. Water needs to be able to run to the ground and not get backed up along your roof line and under your shingles. If leaves fill your eavestrough in the fall, when it gets colder the water can freeze and cause an ice dam, which will cause even more damage. Clear them out by hand, or have gutter protectors installed.

For more information about gutter protectors, The Fun Times Guide compiled a list of pros and cons regarding the installation.

  • Look for ceramic granules in your eavestrough. It’s normal for shingles to lose some granules in inclement weather an d over time, but if you find a lot of granules, check your shingles for places where too many have worn away. This will leave the asphalt vulnerable and exposed, so you will need to have those shingles replaces as soon as possible.
  • Remove moss and mold. You can purchase roof moss remover and cleaner. Apply this to affected areas. Follow the specific instructions for wait time and then gently brush away the mold and/or moss with a soft broom or brush. If you live in a climate where moss, mildew, mold, and algae are likely, the installation of lead or zinc control steps can inhibit growth.
  • Check for overhanging tree branches. This might not be something you would think about! Look for tree branches that have grown long enough that they touch your roof. When it is windy they will move about and cause wear and tear to the shingles. Trim any branches that scrape your roof; another benefit is that you are less likely to sustain damage should one of those branches break off in a storm.
  • If you live in a high-humidity climate and your roof is light-coloured, you may see algae growth streaks that look black. This won’t really affect the performance of your shingles, but they don’t look very nice. You can prevent this by choosing algae-resistant asphalt shingles.

To learn more about roofing products and services, visit the Cherry & Clark Roofing Company Ltd website for more resources.

Perform a general inspection and repair twice yearly; before and after winter is best. Check your attic or interior ceiling for any evidence of staining that will indicate water seepage. Then look at your roof for lifted, missing, or loose shingles and mold, moss, and worn spots. Look for loose or missing flashing, metal roof bolts, and nails. Repair or replace shingles and flashing and replace or tighten any hardware as required.

If you would like to learn more about do-it-yourself roof repair and maintenance, consider watching the below video by Designing Spaces:

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