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Care Tips For Your Shingled Roof

by Wade Black

Depending on where you live, your shingled roof should last for anywhere from 15 to 30 years. With proper care and maintenance, you can have a reliable roof as long as possible. Here are great care tips so you can keep your roof in great repair and help prevent entire roof replacement.

Inspect your shingles often

Wood shingles should be checked for signs of age and weather damage, including:

  • peeling
  • curling
  • cracks
  • fraying
  • tears

If you have the more popular asphalt shingles, you need to check for chips, cracks, and missing shingles. Any shingles that you see needing repair should have roof repair performed on them as soon as possible to prevent your foundation from rotting underneath your shingles.

Check your attic

Your attic should be properly ventilated so airflow is allowed to leave your home. Otherwise, moisture could build up on the underside of your roof and cause rot. Make sure your attic fan is working and that there is no sign of mold or moisture. Mold is an indicator that there is moisture in your attic, which could affect your roof and cause expensive roof repairs if not treated.

Insulate your attic with roofing paper to prevent moisture from getting inside your roof, which can help your shingles last as long as they should.

Repair even minor issues professionally

If your shingles are less than 20 years old, odds are you'll only need small repairs now and then. Remove and replace any shingles that are torn, curling, cracked, or otherwise in danger of falling off your roof and exposing the exterior of your home to wind and water damage. Hammer in loose shingles and use roofing tar to fill in any cracks in your roof. If you have many missing shingles or open spaces in your roof, have professional roof repair done on your home to help preserve the rest of your home's exterior. Signs that you need roof repair include:

  • wind blowing into your attic
  • large sections of missing shingles
  • leaks in your attic
  • a rattling noise when the wind is blowing
  • massive shingle damage after a storm

In taking care of roof issues as they occur, you can best preserve your shingled roof and help prevent entire roof replacement for longer periods of time.

Having a shingled roof means you need to take extra care of your home's exterior. In following these simple care and maintenance tips, you can help ensure that your roof lasts for as long as it should, and be able to enjoy your home for as long as you own it.