The roof is responsible for protecting the home and its occupants from the elements, and as a result, it endures substantial wear and tear. Severe weather, like high winds and hail storms, can cause considerable damage to the roof and put its structural integrity in jeopardy.
Replacing a roof is an expensive process, and it’s not something most homeowners will have to do more than once or twice in their lifetimes.The best way to ensure a long life for your roof and to minimize costly repairs is to perform regular, routine maintenance.
Roof maintenance tip: Check the shingles
Roofing shingles are the most visible part of a roof, and they play a major role in keeping the entire system dry. Shingles can be made from a variety of materials like wood, slate and clay, but asphalt shingles are the most common. A missing shingle or two may not seem like significant problem, but when left unattended, it can cause serious damage to your roof.
Shingles are typically damaged by severe weather like hail strikes, ice and high wind, but tress are actually the biggest culprit. Trees drop leaves and limbs that are heavy and sit there for a very long time. This causes damage over time.
Asphalt shingles contain many tiny granules composed of glass pellets that reflect radiation from the sun. If the granules are damaged or removed, the roof’s underlayment can quickly deteriorate due to sun exposure. You can check for shingle damage by looking at the area where downspouts empty for deposits of the granules.
You can also check for damage by climbing up on the roof and looking for shingles that are missing, or contain rips, tears or indentations. It’s wise to perform this check at the beginning of the spring and fall seasons and after any major storm. Unless of course you find missing shingles laying in your yard or gutters, then you know you need repairs or a new roof.
To protect your shingles, keep your trees trimmed away from the roof, eliminating deposits of leaves and other debris that can accumulate on flat parts of the roof and get a yearly roof inspection from Maximum Roofing.
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