Regular roof maintenance is essential to maximizing the performance and life span of your asphalt roofing. It can also save you from expensive repairs down the road. In this article, BP Builders shares tips on cleaning and maintaining your asphalt roof.
DO Clean Your Roof Regularly:
Make sure your asphalt roof is clear of leaves, branches and other debris. If you have overhanging tree limbs near your roof, then make sure to trim them regularly. If you are not comfortable up on a ladder or don’t have the proper equipment, call a tree removal company. This will help reduce the debris that gets onto your roof, and it will also allow more sunlight to reach your roofing.
DO Keep Your Gutters Tidy:
Your gutters and downspouts serve an important role in keeping your roof dry. That’s why you should include them in your roof cleaning routine. Ensure there are no leaves, twigs or other debris that may block water. Also, check if the gutters and downspouts are positioned correctly. If you don’t have time call BP Builders.
DO Inspect Your Roofing:
Hire professional roofing services to ensure your roof is in good condition. By having it checked once a year, you can get ahead of and fix any damage that could potentially affect the other parts of your roofing system. Early detection is often the best way to avoid costly repairs.
DON’T Use Harsh Chemicals for Cleaning:
Make sure you’re using tools and products that are safe for cleaning asphalt roofs. Bleach, for instance, is not recommended because it can corrode the metal parts of your roofing. Damage to the flashing, gutters, boots and valleys can affect the quality and performance of your roof. So double check that what you are using is okay for your asphalt roof and won’t cause any more damage.
DON’T Use a Pressure Washer:
Pressure washers may seem like a convenient cleaning tool. However, having water streaming at over 200 mph at your roof can actually loosen, tear or dislodge your asphalt shingles. Pressure washers can also remove the protective granules on your shingles creating exposed spots on your roof. We recommend soft washing your roof or calling a soft wash company to clean your roof.
If you need any hep figuring out the proper way to clean your roof then give BP Builders a call!
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