Roof maintenance is a part of homeownership. Your home is an investment, so it only makes sense to do whatever you can to protect it from damage.
While roofs today last longer than their earlier counterparts, they still won’t last forever, particularly not asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are popular because they’re beautiful and more affordable than other systems. Properly installed, they are energy-efficient and can last up to 25, even 30 years. But you have to maintain them if you want them to last that long.
You might want to maintain your roof, but sometimes, a lack of knowledge or putting your faith in myths can hurt your roof instead of making it last longer. Here’s a list of what you’re not supposed to do when you’re maintaining your asphalt shingle roof.
Using a Pressure Washer
A pressure washer makes light work of dirt, dust, stains and debris, but it’s not the ideal cleaning tool when it comes to your asphalt shingle roof. If you have problems with mold and mildew on your roof and try to remove them with a pressure washer, you might end up damaging the shingles or forcing water underneath them.
To get rid of mold, mildew or algae on your roof, spray it with a solution recommended by your roofer or by the shingle manufacturer. A bleach and water solution is usually enough. Then, use a brush with bristles that won’t damage the shingles or remove the protective granules.
Trim the trees that give your roof the shade that mold and mildew need to grow. If you’re planning a new roof installation, consider purchasing high-quality shingles equipped with growth-fighting granules. A cheaper option is to stick copper strips on the roof ridge.
Attempting DIY Repairs
A roof leak is a cause for concern because it can lead to extensive water damage in no time. The longer you wait to have it repaired, the worse and more expensive the damage will be. However, it’s not a good idea to try and repair your roof on your own. Many inexperienced homeowners would pull the shingles to get to the leak, and this leads to more damage. Instead of trying to DIY this, call a professional so you won’t end up paying more just to correct what you’ve made worse.
Installing Things on the Roof
It’s great if you’ve decided to install solar panels, but unless it’s really your job, it’s not a good idea to try doing the job on your own. Poor installation can affect your roof. Items like satellite dishes, antennas, skylights and other items can be installed on your roof, but it takes the right skills and experience to do it right. Hire a professional so you won’t be putting your roof or yourself at risk.