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Taking Care of Your Asphalt Shingles

Taking Care of Your Asphalt Shingles

Jun 30, 2022

In order to get the most out of your roof, taking care of your asphalt shingles is key.   With proper maintenance, you can prolong the lifespan of your roof, ensuring your asphalt shingles meet their estimated 20-year lifespan. To achieve this, there are several ways in which you can care for your roof.

Cleaning Your Gutter System

Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least once a year. This is crucial, not only for the longevity and functionality of the gutter system but for your asphalt shingles as well. How? The answer is simple—debris.

When leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris lodge in your gutter trough, it can form a clog and disrupt water from smoothly flowing throughout the system. This is problematic as a clogged gutter can result in pooling water, which can sit on the roof, and weaken your asphalt shingles over time. And with continuous exposure to moisture, your shingles can rot and deteriorate over time.Suburban home with brown asphalt shingles and red shutters

Cut Overhanging Branches

Having a wooded property is desirable because it provides privacy and shade, as well as naturally beautiful curb appeal. However, if trees are situated close to your home, there is one thing you should be particularly cognizant of—branches. Whether it be from blustering winds, tree rot, or something else, large, overhanging branches can eventually lose their strength and fall.

And if the branches hang close to your roofline, they may fall on your home and damage your asphalt shingles. Rather than stressing about potential tree branches wreaking havoc on your roof, simply have the branches trimmed back, so they no longer pose a problem.

Remove Algae and Moss

Arguably, having algae or moss growing on your roof can be unsightly, and detract from the curb appeal of your home. However, what many homeowners don’t realize is that algae and moss can also be detrimental to the health of asphalt shingles. This is because moss and algae can lock in moisture and prevent your roof from drying, which can result in soggy and rotten shingles.

Keep an Eye Out for Damage

If you notice that the asphalt shingles on your roof are cracking, warping, buckling, or even missing, turn to a roofing company that can come perform an inspection. The same goes for roof leaks and shingle granules found in your gutters. If any of these issues are present, it is best to address them immediately, so they don’t result in further problems.

We are a roofing company that has the skills and experience needed to properly evaluate the condition of your asphalt shingles, Pond Roofing & Exteriors is a name you can trust. We proudly offer roofing services for homeowners throughout Northern Virginia.

And if we find that your roof is in bad shape and in need of a replacement, don’t stress. Our impressive team completes asphalt shingle installations with great attention to detail.

Contact us today to learn more. We look forward to working with you!

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