Now that the weather is warming up, it's time to start taking care of some home maintenance issues. If your roof isn't on your maintenance list, it should be. If your roof is like most, it was probably ignored during the winter unless it developed a leak or other type of weather-related damage. Now that summer is just about here, you can't afford to ignore it any longer. Summer weather can wreak havoc on your asphalt shingle roof. To help protect your roof this summer, here are three steps you should take.
Start With a Clean Surface
Dirt, debris, and mold can really damage your shingles. That's why it's so important that you begin the summer with a clean roof. It doesn't take much to keep your roof clean. You'll need a garden sprayer, water, bleach, and a push broom. Be sure to put slip-resistant shoes on before you walk on a wet roof.
- Fill the garden sprayer with about two-gallons of water and add about 2-cups of chlorine bleach.
- Beginning at the lowest edge of the roof, spray the surface of your shingles with the cleaning solution.
- Scrub the area with your push broom.
- Continue scrubbing the roof until you reach the upper edge.
- Rinse the solution off using your garden hose.
Take Care of the Summer Warping
When you have an asphalt shingle roof, you need to pay attention to the summer temperatures. Exposure to heat can cause the edges of your shingles to curl or warp. While there's nothing you can do to limit the sun exposure, you can repair the warping. Look up at your roof at least once a week. As soon as you see the edges starting to curl, climb up on the roof and take care of the problem. While the shingles are warm, they're easy to bend. Simply bend the shingles back into place and secure them with a roofing nail.
Watch for Signs of Damage
If you experience high winds or torrential rains during the summer, your shingles could be in danger of damage. Keep an eye out for weather-related damage this summer. If you see signs of missing or damaged shingles, you should have the problem taken care of as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you have large areas of missing shingles. Those empty spaces could lead to roof leaks, which could damage the inside of your home or the wood sub-structure of your roof. Talk to a roofing contractor if you see signs of damage.