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Asphalt Roofing Maintenance Tips

Any Toms River roofing contractor will tell homeowners or building owners just how important general maintenance is for an asphalt roof. Because the roof is the building’s first defense for protection against rain, sun and other natural elements, it should be considered a priority. If damage occurs and maintenance is lacking, the building owner could eventually face expensive repairs and a shortened roof lifespan. However, there are tips available that can make maintenance easier and less time consuming.

One major tip is to simply keep the roof clean from leaves and twigs, especially if there are tall trees surrounding the building. While this organic material may not seem like much of a problem, it can harbor moisture. If left long enough, this moisture can actually cause the shingles to disintegrate at a faster rate than they would otherwise. Leaves and twigs can also cause problems in the gutter system. Regularly removing organic material using a roof leaf rake and a garden hose can do wonders for the shingles.

Although homeowners often do not consider the gutters to be a part of the roofing system, they actually play a major role in keeping water from getting inside.

If the gutters become clogged with leaves and twigs, there is a chance that water can become backed up and get under the shingles, causing leaks and other associated problems. Regular gutter cleanings should be on the maintenance list to prevent moisture problems.

Owners can also keep an eye on the condition of their shingles by paying attention to the ground. As the shingles age, they are likely to lose their mineral granules. These granules can be gradually lost over time and end up in the gutter system or along the ground near the building’s foundation. If large amounts of granules are found, it is likely that the shingles were either damaged or they are wearing out. It is likely that they need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Finally, building owners who check their asphalt room regularly are more likely to catch problems before they turn into major hassles. It is usually recommended that owners complete a basic maintenance check at the beginning of every season or after any major wind, rain or snowstorms.

Many like to perform their own roof maintenance to save money. However, there are certain tasks that can be dangerous if the owner has to go up a ladder. Those who are unable to safely climb ladders or who are not sure they know how to properly complete the tasks should call a trusted roofer for help. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about new roofs or gutters.

Common roofing term explained by Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ:

Mineral granules

These roofing granules are made from a variety of minerals such as crushed slate, tile or porcelain. They are used as a covering for the shingles to slow down degradation from UV sunlight.

Toms River roofing contractor Fortified Roofing answer a question:

How often do shingles need to be replaced?

The quality of the shingles, the geographical location and the quality of maintenance can have an impact on the lifespan of the shingles. In general, however, the average shingle roof is estimated to last between 12 and 20 years. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, are estimated to last about 30 years or more.

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