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Asphalt Shingle Maintenance: A Beginner's Guide To A Roof Checkup

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It is no secret that when you become a homeowner, you take on a new responsibility to maintain your home. One of the biggest structural components that deserves annual attention is the asphalt roof of your home. The roof may be high over your head, and even a little intimidating when you are not a roofing contractor. Yet a simple maintenance checkup is easy to achieve with a little direction, a good ladder, and a safety harness to keep you safe while you work overhead.

Check for Leaks

Of all of the issues that can cause problems in your home, leaks from the roof above are some of the most costly. Every year, you should head up in your attic to make sure you do not see any signs of a leak. Grab a flashlight and head up to do a thorough assessment of the underside of your roof.

Look for color changes in wood or apparent signs of moisture, such as mold, mildew, or even moss. Leaks do not always make themselves known by the appearance of water in conspicuous areas. Therefore, be sure to check around the perimeters of the attic where the roof meets the eaves of your home.

Take a Look at Your Shingles

It is easy to assume that you could spot damaged asphalt shingles from below, but most of the time, a close-up exam will be necessary. Strap on a safety harness, grab a ladder, and head on the roof to check things out. You will be looking for shingles that are missing, damaged, or curled.

Further, you should make sure that you do not see signs that the composite materials, or the sandy coating, is not wearing thin. Every seemingly small issue an lead to leaks, so make sure you replace damage shingles or call on a contractor to help you out.

Assess the Metal Flashing

The metal flashing used at points where shingles meet other areas, such as around the chimney, is designed to wick moisture away from vulnerable areas where water could seep in. Make sure the metal flashing of your roof is securely fastened in place and is not showing signs of rust or deterioration. If flashing can be reattached, so so with thin roofing nails and seal each nail head with silicone caulking when you are finished.

When you take the time to assess you roof every year, you will be much more likely to catch on to small issues early. Catching problems early and consulting with a roofing contractor when you need to will help you ensure you get the most out of the asphalt shingle roof of your home.


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