Given how your asphalt roofing system is one of your biggest investments, you’ll want to make sure it’s always in top form all year round. Regular inspection, cleanup and maintenance help make this possible – but they should be done the right way. Here’s how NOT to clean your asphalt roof.
- Using a pressure washer to clean your roof. This works when cleaning driveways and certain types of siding, but using a pressure washer on your roof is a definite no-go. For one thing, it won’t get rid of mold and mildew on the shingles. Instead, it will damage the top layer of the roofing material and trap water under the shingles, resulting in leaks. If you want to keep your roof clean from leaves and mold growth, brush them off, or spray them with the appropriate cleaning solution. You should also trim any overhanging branches that give excess shade, which encourages mold formation in the first place.
- Repairing the roof leaks yourself. You should deal with a roof leak by turning to a reliable roofing company like Renovation Team for professional repairs. A lot of costly mistakes can happen when an untrained homeowner is on the reins – so to speak. To prevent unnecessary damage to your roof and ensure your own personal safety, it’s always a better idea to leave any roof repair work to a pro.
- Leaving trees too close to your home. We’ve mentioned above how trimming overhanging branches helps eliminate the potential for mold growth. But you might need to go beyond that and cut back your trees a little bit more. Here’s why: trees that are too close to your home can lead to clogging in your gutters. And, during a major weather event, those large branches can crash against your asphalt shingles, leaving dents and other openings that make it easy for water to infiltrate your home.
Aside from siding replacement, Renovation Team can also handle all your roof repair and maintenance needs. With our top-tier solutions, we’ll make sure you get the most of your asphalt shingle roof’s life and performance. We proudly serve the areas in and around St. Charles, Creve Coeur and St. Louis, MO. Call us today at (636) 939-1061, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.