A new roof is a huge investment, and you want to keep it in optimal shape for as many years as possible. A well-maintained roof protects your home from the elements, water damage, and pests, and also keeps your home as energy-efficient as possible. Luckily, asphalt roofs are known for being low maintenance. Simply take care of your new roof using these tips and you will gain peace of mind from knowing you are doing what you can to keep it in great condition:
Clear Away Debris a Few Times a Year
It's important to clear away dead leaves, branches, trash, and other debris on a regular basis. If the debris is allowed to remain on your roof, it can contribute to excess moisture that leads to rot and water damage, and will also encourage pests to linger around on your roof and eventually try to make their way into your attic.
If you are comfortable getting on the roof yourself, you can simply clear away any debris you see when you clean your gutters, being sure to wear work gloves and with the help of a long-handled broom or brush for debris that is harder to reach. Another great option is to hire a gutter and roof maintenance company to perform this task for you.
Check Asphalt Shingles After Storms
After high winds or heavy rain or snow, some individual shingles can be cracked or even torn away from your roof. If you identify this problem early, the individual shingle can simply be replaced by your roofing company as an affordable solution. If you neglect this task, the missing or broken shingles can lead to more serious and costly roof damage, so it's definitely worth the effort.
Shield Your Roof From Tree Branches
Heavy tree branches are one of the biggest threats to your roof, as well as your home's siding. A fallen branch can gouge or otherwise damage your new roof. It's a great idea to regularly have trees trimmed, and close, overhanging or dead branches removed by a professional tree company. This will not only protect your roof from damage but will also eliminate easy access to your roof by pests such as squirrels or raccoons. Regular tree trimming will also keep your trees healthy, so it's a win-win solution.
Following these tips will ensure your new asphalt roof stays as like-new as possible for a very long time.