How to properly maintain your shingle roofing system

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It doesn’t matter what type of the roofing material you have, roofing maintenance is not something you wish to ignore or forget about. If you would like to have a home fully protected from the outside weather conditions, then you should start thinking about the condition of your roofing system. If your roof wasn’t regularly and properly inspected and maintained its life cycle is probably significantly reduced as well as durability. Regular inspections are the only way your roof can stay intact and functional to protect your home. In this post, we will talk about shingle roof maintenance and how to prolong the lifespan of your roofing system.

Clear algae, debris, and moss

If you notice that there is something growing on your roof or if you see that there are broken branches and leaves covering your roof you should have them removed or do it by yourself. All those things contain moisture, and they will damage your shingles. Roofing material is designed to lead the water down to the gutters so when it is in constant contact with water or when the debris is in the way, the material is wasting away much faster. Remove any pieces of debris you can find and do it on the regular basis.

Flashing

Check your flashing and area surrounding it. Flashing can easily crack or get damaged and water will enter your home through those spots. Inspect your flashing to see if there are parts which should be repaired or replaced.

Shingles

Damaged shingles are a common problem every shingle roofing system has. Rain, wind, snow, heat, cold, debris, and hail can damage your roofing material over time or loosen it. Inspect your roof to see if there are some loose or even broken shingles present. If you don’t know how to properly replace a shingle, you should contact your certified roofing contractor as soon as possible.

Caulking

Remember to check the sealants and the caulking around your roofing system. If your sealant looks old or damaged, you should have it replaced with a new one.

Gutters

Gutters and downspouts can get clogged by debris. If you have a debris present on your roofing system, next rain will wash it down into your gutters where it will probably get stuck. Clogged gutters can cause major problems when it comes to water damage to your home. Climb to see if there are some spots filled with debris. Put on some gloves and use your hands to throw out every last piece of the rubble.

Remember, it is best for your property if a certified and experienced Oklahoma City roofing contractor like us from Choice Solutions Roofing & Exteriors inspects it. A professional roofer will be able to detect problems which untrained eye usually overlooks. If there are is any damage present on your roofing material you should have it repaired as soon as possible if you don’t wish to deal with a leaking roof and general water damage inside your home. And don’t forget to be extremely cautious if you plan to climb your roof.