3 Reasons To Regularly Maintain Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

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Owning a home requires a lot of maintenance inside and outside the home, including the roof. Of course, many homeowners often put off regular maintenance until a repair or replacement is necessary. If you haven't been maintaining your asphalt shingle roof well, check out these three reasons to get regular maintenance.

They Require Little Work to Maintain

The reason you maintain your roof is to make it last longer. On average, an asphalt shingle roof may only last 15 to 30 years. Of course, the better you care for the roof, the closer you'll get to that 30-year mark. Luckily, asphalt shingle roofs don't require much work to keep them well-maintained. If you live in a warm or hot climate with little water, you may need to worry about replacing and repairing cracked shingles from UV exposure, and if you live in wet environments, moss will likely grow on the shingles. This moss can be easily killed with moss killer and then removed with a brush or hose. Regardless of where you live, you should remove any debris that collect on the roof and keep the gutters clean to prevent water from backing up under shingles.

There Is Less Risk for Water Damage

If you don't maintain your roof, it increase the risk of water damage inside the home. For example, if you don't get those cracked shingles fixed from UV rays, they no longer protect the underlying structures of the roof, which exposes them to water. If the water penetrates these layers, it enters your attic and may leak into the rest of your home, causing water damage to walls, ceilings, belongings, etc. In a worst-case scenario, a portion of your roof may actually collapse. Unfortunately, most insurance companies don't cover this type of damage because it is considered normal wear and tear from age and/or lack of maintenance.

It May Allow for a Future Overlay

A big benefit to getting an asphalt shingle roof is that it may allow for overlays in the future. An overlay is like a mini-roof replacement. Instead of tearing off old shingles to place new ones directly on the underlying structure, new shingles are installed directly over the old shingles. This saves money and time, but it cannot be done if there is damage to the underlying roof decking or other layers. If you don't maintain your roof, the chances of damage to the other layers increases. However, like monitoring your health, if you regularly maintain your roof, you should avoid most underlying damage.

Regular roof repair may not be fun, but it is necessary if you want to keep your roof working and looking great for years. Luckily, asphalt shingle roofs don't require much work to prevent much damage. For more information about roof repair, contact a roofer in your area today.

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28 August 2018

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