Mistakes to Avoid When Maintaining Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is between 15 to 20 years. Ensuring proper maintenance, however, can make this type of roofing system last longer. Knowing the mistakes you need to avoid is crucial to preserving its durability and weather performance. Local roofing and outdoor living contractor Sterling Exteriors discusses some of them below.

Removing organic debris from gutters

Disregarding Your Gutters

Dead leaves, twigs and other organic matter can collect inside your gutters over time. If not removed, there’s a big chance that rainwater runoff will back up and spill out of your gutters. Some of the water can find its way into the fascia board and other components, impacting the structural integrity of your roof. Be sure to include your gutters and downspouts when taking advantage of professional roof maintenance.

Walking on Your Roof

Some homeowners climb on top of their roofs to check for leaks and other signs of damage. However, doing this does more harm than good. Walking on the roof surface can potentially damage the shingles. There is also the risk of getting injured, especially when one is inexperienced. You can still assess your roof’s condition on your own at a safe spot on the ground using a pair of binoculars. More importantly, let the professionals handle roof repair and maintenance work.

Delaying Roof Leak Repair

Severe weather can damage your asphalt shingle roof. Strong winds, for instance, carry debris that can create cracks and openings on the roof surface where water can seep through. Ignoring leaks even when the signs are already apparent will cost you in the long run. Before small problems turn into big headaches, get in touch with a local contractor as soon as possible.

Count on Sterling Exteriors to provide you with maintenance programs that will ensure the longevity and performance of your roofing system. As the leading exterior home improvement contractor in the local area, we also install siding and gutters. Give us a call at (513) 496-0976 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Milford, Newtown, and Anderson Township, OH.