Asphalt shingles require regular maintenance to prevent costly damage and prolong their lifespan. However, many homeowners unknowingly make mistakes that can cause more harm than good. Here are five of the most common asphalt shingle maintenance mistakes you should avoid:
1. Neglecting Regular Inspections
Despite being crucial to roof maintenance, many homeowners overlook regular inspections. Most people believe they can put off inspecting their roofs until they notice a problem. However, this reactive approach could lead to substantial damage and hefty repair costs. Hiring a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof thoroughly would help you catch and address potential issues before they escalate.
2. Ignoring Minor Damage
Ignoring a small crack or a loose shingle might seem fine, but these minor issues can transform into significant problems over time. Even the tiniest damage can affect the integrity of your roof. For instance, a minor leak can cause wood rot, mold or even structural damage if not addressed promptly.
3. Cleaning the Roof Improperly
Cleaning your roof might seem straightforward, but it could cause more harm than good if done incorrectly. For instance, pressure washing can strip asphalt shingles of their granules, reducing their lifespan. Using harsh chemical cleaners will also strip your asphalt shingles of protective layers that shield them from the sun.
4. Neglecting Gutter Maintenance
Another common oversight is neglecting the gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and seep under your shingles, leading to leaks and water damage. Regular cleaning and maintenance by a professional can prevent these problems.
5. Opting for DIY Repairs
Professionals strongly advise against DIY roof repairs. While it might be tempting to try and fix minor issues yourself, roofing is complicated work that requires specialized knowledge and equipment. Improper repairs can result in further damage and even pose safety risks.
It’s easy to make mistakes when performing roof maintenance or repairs on your own. You might not have the tools or knowledge necessary to do the task correctly. As a result, the roof damage might only get worse instead of being fixed.
NorthWest Construction has the expertise and equipment to maintain and fix your roof properly, preventing further damage and extending its lifespan. Call us at (313) 277-7676 or visit our contact page to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in Dearborn, West Bloomfield and Taylor, MI.