As time goes on, you can expect your shingle roof to wear down and need repairs in order to continue to protecting your home. But when those repairs start to become inconvenient, it's time to consider taking a few steps that will reduce your need for repairs in the coming years. Try one or more of the following techniques:
Have Your Trees Trimmed
An easy way to minimize wear and tear on your shingle roof is to have your trees trimmed on a regular basis. When large trees get old, their branches may weaken. And when bad weather comes to town, those branches might succumb to the elements. Either way, if a branch breaks off due to weather, disease, or age, it could hit your roof and cause damage that may or may not be apparent right away.
If you don't notice the need for repairs immediately after a large branch falls on your roof, there is a chance that the damage done will expand and you'll need repairs at some point in the future. So having the large branches trimmed off your trees once or twice a year will protect your shingle roof from unnecessary damage and the need for repairs.
Keep the Gutters Clean
If dirt, leaves, and other debris is allowed to build up in your gutters, that debris will start to get stuck on your roof which will put extra wear and tear on it – your shingles might even start to rot. Keeping your gutters clean will help ensure that water won't back up on your roof and start to seep in. Clean gutters also offer a place for debris and leaves to go so nothing gets stuck on your roof for any length of time. You can clean the gutters once a month or so by climbing a ladder and using gloved hands to remove any debris you find in them.
Invest in a Preventative Maintenance Plan
Investing in a preventative maintenance plan is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a long life for your shingle roof with little need for repairs as time goes on. Many roofing contractors in your area is sure to offer preventative maintenance plans that include a variety of services you can expect to be done during each maintenance appointment you have throughout the year.
Based on your specific needs and expectations, your service provider will create a customized maintenance plan for your roof that will help keep your roof in excellent condition as it ages. They will provide you with a calendar that indicates when each maintenance appointment is scheduled for the year, and they will give you an outline of all the services that will be completed during each appointment so you know what to expect every time they visit.
Consider getting in touch with a shingle roof repair expert for professional help as well.