If you have a roof constructed from asphalt shingles, repair of the roof is probably not at the top of your priority list. Asphalt shingles, however, are weakened and worn down by debris and weather, and it is important to check all roofs from time to time.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the basics of inspecting your asphalt shingle roof and, if necessary, performing small-scale repairs.
In every roof repair job for asphalt shingles, the first thing you’ll want to do is to clear your roof of debris. This includes leaves, garbage, excessive dirt or dust, and anything else that could get in the way or soak up your roof with water and speed up the damage. Asphalt roofs receive further damage from the corrosion of water and should be cleaned of debris as much as possible. You may want to check out What to Look for in a Roofer for more.
It can also be washed by adding zinc or lead control strips if your roof is accumulating moss or algae. The flashes should be tested for damage and holes and, if necessary, replaced. A dab or so of roofing cement on either side of the tab should fasten it where there are loose shingle tabs. If damaged shingles are present, then they should be replaced.
Roof care of asphalt shingles often usually consists of inspecting and cleaning out gutters for debris, and then monitoring downspouts by pouring water into them. Any trees with branches hanging over the roof should be cut back to eliminate debris, and rust and any rust cleaned off with a wire brush should be tested for the open valley metal, then polished and painted.
Caulking and sealants should be tested and, if they are, replaced for cracking or other damage. For weather damage, mortar on chimneys and parapets should also be tested, but repairing a chimney might be a job for a skilled mason.
Holding these simple steps in the maintenance of the asphalt shingles roof in mind will help you keep your home clear of leaks and your roof looks good and works well. If it’s still on your roof, the easiest way to catch roof damage is before it gets into your home and causes more serious problems like flooding or growth of indoor mould.
Maintenance of the roof may seem like something to be left to experts, but with a little bit of know-how and a little bit of elbow grease, anyone can check and maintain their roof. To find local contractors and more information about roofing, visit our website.