Just as you would maintain any other area in your home, you should also maintain your roof — as it’s the one thing that protects your family and your possessions.
Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material, which is why at Robbins Roofing we want homeowners to know how to maintain their roof in order to prevent premature degradation of the material.
Maintaining Your Asphalt Shingles
- Clear debris. Most homes over time will end up collecting debris on the roof. If your home is situated under tall trees, it’s especially important to routinely check your roof for a buildup of twigs, leaves and other objects. Be sure to remove this with a rake, leave blower or power water jet.
- Check for moss or algae. New England is prone to getting a lot of rain — and rain means moss and algae formations on your asphalt roof. These fungi can quickly cause a roof to deteriorate and lead to expensive roofing replacements. Be sure to remove any colonies with a power hose or install zinc or lead control strips to prevent growth in the future.
- Repair or replace shingles. Always be on the lookout for damaged or missing shingles as these can cause roof leaks in the future. If a shingle has become dislodged from the roof but still looks intact, use roofing cement to put it back in place. Be sure to always have extra asphalt roof tiles to replace those that are missing.
Don’t forget to trim back any overhanging tree branches as well as clean out your gutters at least twice a year. Already notice roofing issues? Contact Robbins Roofing & Contracting for roofing replacement and repair services.