The Most Effective Ways to Maintain an Asphalt Roof and Shingles

Extend the life of your asphalt shingles


Asphalt roofs are among the most popular for residential roofing material. The material looks good, works well with different types of roofs and can withstand the elements effectively. All that aside, it’s still important to maintain an asphalt roof.

In the U.S., asphalt shingles are used on 70% of homes. Asphalt shingles are one of the best roofing choices in Arizona. If taken care of properly, they can last up to 50 years.

While asphalt shingles are primarily used on residential homes, when it comes to commercial buildings, asphalt roofing is still one of the best options. Asphalt roofs require less maintenance than a wood, slate or metal roof. While that’s optimal, it doesn’t mean you can forgo regular inspections and seasonal checkups.

Anything from exposure to rain and wind, debris or even incorrect installation can damage a roof. Following are the most effective ways to maintain an asphalt-shingled roof and keep your structure safe:

Have your roof cleaned regularly

It’s one of the most important aspects of proper roof maintenance. Clean off all the debris such as leaves and branches from the roof. This includes the shingles, flashing, vents, as well as solar panels, if you have them. Scoop out leaves and other debris from the gutters to allow water to leave the roof with ease.

Have your roof inspected

At least twice a year, a roof should take time to inspected, as well as after any major storm, to ensure there’s no damage, or that existing damage hasn’t worsened. A few things that an inspection will look for are loose or missing shingles, damaged or missing flashing, broken seals on shingles, and signs of condensation, wet insulation or mold.

Have roof damage repaired sooner than later

Any inspection may find damage in a roof, contact a trained roofer to make the necessary repairs. Small fixes that are done properly can help prevent larger, more extensive repairs over time, and reduce overall costs of repairs.

Have nearby trees groomed

Similar to preparing for monsoon season, trim branches and plants nearby that could cause damage to your roof.

At American Roofing & Waterproofing, we’re among the best in roofing companies in the area. Our team of roofers has the experience and knowledge to ensure that your roofing project is completed efficiently, on time and on budget.

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