The lifespan of asphalt roofing is typically between 15 and 30 years. This variance in longevity can be attributed to several factors — climate, extreme weather conditions, quality of roofing materials used, etc. — that are often out of the homeowner’s control.
However, that doesn’t mean you’re powerless in the fight for your roof’s preservation. By following the five strategies outlined below, you can help extend the service life of your asphalt roof and maximize this ever-important investment.
1. Keep your gutters and roof debris-free
When debris is allowed to collect in your gutters, water is unable to properly drain. This excess moisture further stresses roofing and shingles, even potentially causing the edges of your roof decking to rot.
Sitting debris on the roof itself is also a concern, as it leads to saturated shingles and, ultimately, a shorter lifespan for your asphalt roofing.
Be sure to clean your gutters at least 1-2 times annually and remove any sitting debris as soon as it’s spotted.
2. Cut down overhanging branches
Mature trees near your house might offer shade and greenery, but they’re also a major threat to asphalt roofs thanks to the “gifts” they’re known to leave behind, including:
- Twigs, leaves, needles and other debris that can clog gutters
- Fallen limbs, which can cause serious structural damage
- Bird droppings that are highly acidic and erode asphalt shingles
To avoid these threats, cut back small and easy-to-access branches as much as possible. Should larger branches need removal, a landscaping professional or arborist (i.e., tree expert) should be called.
3. Remove moss buildups
At first glance, a green, moss-covered roof might seem like a quaint and welcome aesthetic. But make no mistake: Moss on asphalt roofing is no fairy tale. Not only does moss retain excess moisture, as it grows, it can lift shingles, allowing water to seep in and further deteriorate your roofing.
The safest, most effective way to remove moss is by consulting a professional or by cleaning it yourself using a mix of water and oxygen bleach and a long-handled scrub brush (starting from the top and scrubbing downward, as to not lift up any shingles).
4. Identify “warning signs” sooner than later
The more you know about the signs of roof distress, the more you can do to prevent it from worsening. Your asphalt roofing might need to be examined by a reputable roofing contractor should you notice:
- Missing shingles
- Shingles that are curled, cracked or losing granules
- Leaks in your home
- Sagging or indented areas on the roof
5. Schedule regular inspections
Nobody knows more about the maintenance and longevity of asphalt roofing than roof contractors. Therefore, one of the best preventative measures is having your roof inspected on a regular basis. Not only can a professional let you know when it’s time for a roof replacement, they can make small maintenance suggestions and diagnose potential issues before they snowball.
Feel like an expert’s assessment of your asphalt roof would put mind your mind at ease? Schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with us today.