Once you have invested thousands of dollars into a new roof, the last thing that you want to think about spending more on repairs. While asphalt shingles are very hardy and durable, there is good reason to practice regular maintenance. It is the very best way to prevent the damage that will make you open your wallet once again. Just a day or two per year is all that it takes to follow basic maintenance steps to preserve your asphalt roofing shingles.
Step One: Inspection Fortunately in Dallas, there is little concern about the ice and snow that wreak havoc on the roofs in the north, but damage can be done in other ways. Wind and rain storms do pound on our houses from time to time. So, the first step of maintaining your shingles is to perform a general evaluation of its current condition. You want to look for broken or cracked tiles, missing shingles, curling edges, sagging or buckling, discoloration, or damaged gutters. In addition to this, closely inspect the metal flashing around chimneys and vents to be sure that it is still securely in place and unharmed. If you see any signs of trouble, it is best to call for roof repair. Dallas, Texas, roofers can often repair such problems very quickly and inexpensively, but you can learn more about that at www.dallasroofing.co. Allowing the problem to remain, unaddressed, is just asking for a much larger and much more expensive problem down the road.
In addition to looking at the surface of the roof, be sure you take a peek in the attic. This is where you will spot potential leaks in the roof. If you see moisture, mold, or rot, then the roofers should be called in to find the source of the water damage.
Step Two: Assess the Mess Once you have ensured the integrity of your roof, it is time to assess the mess. Part of your maintenance schedule should involve cleaning. Look for signs of dirt build up, tree branches, leaves, and other such debris. If these things are clogging gutters, they should be removed before anything else is done. In addition to the general grunge that can build up on a rooftop, you may spot algae or mold. If you do, it will impact the way that you clean, so be sure to look over the surface carefully before you begin.
Step Three: Address Mold and Algae If you didn’t see any signs of these, then you can move directly to the next step. However, mold and algae should be addressed before an overall cleaning is done. There are herbicides on the market that are meant to be used for exactly this purpose. Using a pump sprayer, the herbicide should be applied to all impacted areas of the roof. There will be some drying time required. Read the manufacturer’s guidelines, as these drying times vary. Once the designated amount of time has passed, the algae and mold growth should have dried and shriveled. It can now be swept away.
Step Three: Clean This process begins on the ground, where you should rinse the sides of the house, porches, patios, and gardens that may have been littered with the dried algae or mold. Dousing the gardens, shrubs, and other nearby plants will also protect them from the cleaning agent to be used on the roof. If you did not treat an algae problem, then you will have to begin with a general sweeping to remove dust and debris. A pump sprayer or pressure washer will be used to clean the surface. However, be aware that too much pressure could disturb the shingles.
Load the sprayer with a diluted asphalt-roofing cleaner, purchased at your local home improvement store. The cleaner needs to be sprayed on and left in place for several minutes. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines to determine the proper timeline. When rinsing the roof cleaner away, it is best to let the water rain down on the surface rather than pointing the nozzle directly at it. Once it has been thoroughly rinsed, you can make your way down and allow it to dry and make plans for your next annual maintenance day.
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