Getting new roofing installed on your home can be a pretty exciting time. If you have recently invested in new asphalt composition shingles or if you are getting ready to install a new roof, you probably want to know how to keep your new roofing in the best shape possible. After all, you want your new roofing to last 20 years or longer, right? In general, shingles are a very durable roofing choice, but they do require some maintenance, particularly if you live in an area where they are likely to grow mold or fungus because of wet conditions.
Here are some tips for preserving the life expectancy of your shingles:
- Inspect your roof two times each year, in the spring and fall. When in doubt, have a professional inspection performed by a roofing contractor.
- Clean your roof every few years or more often if your roof is prone to mold or fungus growth. One thing you can do to reduce this growth is to have zinc strips installed along your roof peaks. When it rains, these strips release small amounts of zinc that reduce fungal growth on your shingles. They can save you money and maintenance time later.
- Replace or re-glue shingles when needed. Re-glue if they are popping up but otherwise undamaged. For any other problems, replacing is your safest bet.
- When you get your new roofing installed, you will probably get some extra shingles. Store these safely for future needs. It can be tricky to match your shingles later.
With proper care and periodic inspections, your new roof can last for decades.