With proper maintenance, your asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20 years. Certain things, however, can shorten its expected lifespan and compromise the performance of the roofing material. These can lead to untimely and costly roof repairs and, possibly, premature roof replacement. Here’s a look at the four things that can worsen the asphalt shingles’ condition.
1. Pressure Washing
Using a pressure washer to remove organic growth from the roof surface might seem like a good idea, but consistent high water pressure can lead to numerous problems that can affect your asphalt shingles. In addition to the loss of adhesion between shingles and damage to the roofing material’s underlying fabric, pressure washing can also strip away the ceramic granules that give the shingles protection against the elements.
2. Letting Nearby Trees Grow Further
Trees beautify your property, but they can be a problem when their branches touch your asphalt shingle roof. Having overextending branches against your roof can cause mold. On a windy day, they scrape and damage the part of your house and roof they’re touching. They may also break and fall on your roof during a violent storm, causing damage. Roof repair experts recommend trimming back and pruning nearby trees to protect your roof and your home.
3. Disregarding Maintenance
Many homeowners don’t take the proactive approach when it comes to roof maintenance. These are the types of people who only take action when the problem has become worse. Small leaks or signs of damage only get worse the longer you disregard them, and, as already pointed out, can result in unplanned but costly repairs. Even if you think your asphalt shingle roof looks fine, having it checked by a local roofing contractor twice a year is imperative to make sure it is in good shape all year.
At Home Pro Exteriors, Inc., we offer roof maintenance checks to keep your roof in top condition. If your roof is nearing the end of its service life, expect us to guide you to the best roofing products and materials from GAF and CertainTeed.
Count on us for your siding needs as well. Call (845) 343-1777 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free professional consultation. We serve homeowners in Middletown, NY, and the surrounding communities.