Not all roof damage is the result of extreme weather, a fallen tree, or some other extraordinary event. Oftentimes, neglect or poor roof maintenance can be just as damaging. This is especially true in situations where a small leak or hole, which would normally take awhile to become apparent, becomes magnified by homeowners. In today’s blog, we at Tim Leeper Roofing would like to share with you some things you should avoid doing so that you can maintain a safe, strong, and reliable roof.
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To improve the integrity and condition of your roof avoid the following:
DON’T PRESSURE WASH YOUR ROOF
While it’s always important to keep your roof clean and free of debris, using pressure washers can often do more harm than good. This is in part because those performing the cleaning typically don’t have experience with roof maintenance and, therefore, don’t clean properly, which can damage shingles. It is also because of the overuse of chemicals that are often associated with pressure-cleaning your roof. These chemicals can cause your roof to age prematurely. On top of this, power washing can also remove the mineral granules from your shingles. When you lose these granules that help protect your shingles from heat, sun, impact, and fire, the durability and lifespan of your roof is directly impacted. If you have questions about roof maintenance in Nashville, don’t hesitate to contact Tim Leeper Roofing.
DON’T PATCH LEAKS
Leak patching and fixing should be done by professionals. If you do not have experience with roof repairs, we highly recommend not attempting to go it alone. When professional roofing companies handle leaks, they begin with a thorough inspection that reveals to them the cause of the leak and other areas that may be susceptible. Not accurately assessing the condition and scope of the leak can lead to more damaging and costly repairs down the road. Additionally, the act of climbing on a roof that is damaged can both exacerbate the damage as well as lead to injuries and accidents. In short, don’t attempt to perform roof repairs unless you are 100% confident in your roofing knowledge and abilities.
DON’T IGNORE MOLD AND MILDEW
Depending on the season and the amount of sunlight that your roof receives, mold and mildew can develop on your roof. If this happens, it is not to be ignored or underestimated. In addition to being an eyesore, mold, mildew, and algae can have damaging effects on the integrity of your roof. Contact your trusted roofing contractor if you spot mold and mildew on your roof.
DON’T WALK ON YOUR ROOF
Walking on your roof is something you should do as little as possible. There are a number of things that can happen. Not only can this pose a threat to your safety if you fall, but also every time you step on the asphalt shingles you can loosen, dislodge, and shift them, which can possibly cause leaks. If you believe you have a situation that requires you to get up on your roof—maybe a loose shingle, missing flashing, or you need to remove some debris—contact the professionals. Experienced roofing companies have experience walking on roofs, minimizing damage, and performing roof inspections, repairs, and more!
Keep these tips in mind. If you find yourself convinced that you need to do one of these activities, reach out to a professional roofing contractor. Reaching out to professionals will not only ensure that the job is done properly, but it will also improve your own safety as well as the safety and integrity of your roof.