From Gutters to Flashing to Tree Branches, Keep an Eye on Your Roof
An asphalt shingle roof can last for up to 30 years when properly maintained. Unfortunately, many Central Florida homeowners neglect this otherwise basic form of maintenance, resulting in faster degradation of their home’s roof and the need for roof repairs.
#1) Clean Gutters
Cleaning and removing debris from gutters is an important step in maintaining your shingles. When left unchecked, tree leaves, branches and other debris will accumulate inside the gutters, restricting the flow of water. Rather than flowing through the gutters and out the downspouts, rainwater will pool up on your roof and potentially seep into your home. To prevent this from happening, clean your gutters at least once every six months. Seamless gutters are a new option. There are many gutter companies in our area from Orlando – Melbourne.
#2) Remove Problematic Tree Branches
Just because a tree branch is overhanging your roof doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to remove it. If it’s dead, diseased or touching your roof, though, you should consider cutting it down. Fallen tree branches can destroy shingles or even breach your home’s roof, causing thousands of dollars in damage. So, remove any problematic tree branches to protect your roof. Make sure to use a licensed and professional tree service or arborist. There are many located in our Central Florida to select from.
#3) Inspect Flashing
You should also inspect your roof’s flashing. Typically made of thin pieces of impervious material such as aluminum or steel, flashing is designed to protect sensitive areas of the roof, such as joints, from the intrusion of water.Check your flashings for corrosion or damage. Problems with your flashing can allow water to rot the wood underneath. Also check for any mold or mildew and remove it.
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#4) Inspect Shingles
The ability for asphalt shingles to direct water off the roof relies on its structural integrity. If a shingle is broken or torn off completely, water will seep into the roof. When inspecting your roof, look at the shingles to ensure they are structurally sound. If you discover any missing or damaged shingles, replace them as soon as possible.
Here are some of the top causes of damage to shingles:
- Severe winds
- Fallen tree branches
- Driving rain
- Defective or low-quality shingle product
#5) Clean Mildew
Since you live in Central Florida, a region with high year-round humidity, you may discover mildew growing on your roof. Characterized by a green color and fuzzy texture, it can quickly take over your roof. While mildew usually doesn’t cause any direct structural damage to shingles or roofs, it encourages water retention. Water will collect within the mildew, some of which may soak into your roof and cause moisture damage.
Cleaning your roof with a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water should remove most mildew. However, you should use extreme caution when walking on your roof if it contains mildew. The presence of this green fungi typically creates a slippery surface.
Maintenance is essential in protecting your asphalt roof from damage. While you can attempt this maintenance yourself, another option is to hire the roofing professionals here at XLR8 Roofing & Construction in Sanford. We take the burden of inspecting and maintaining your roof off your shoulders.