asphalt shinglesYour roof is one of your most important investments. Not only does it protect you, your family, and your belongings from the elements, it also costs a pretty penny. Therefore, while it’s essential that you choose the right kind of roofing shingles for your home, it’s especially important that you maintain your roof to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

For homeowners with asphalt shingles, your roof is likely to last anywhere between 20 and 50 years depending on the surrounding climate of your house. This makes asphalt shingles one of the best choices for roofing. However, without proper maintenance, asphalt shingles, like other roofing, can fall into disrepair. Here are some tips you can do to ensure your roof lasts:

  • Replace worn or damaged roofing shingles. Over time, severe weather can cause damage to your roofing shingles. It’s important that you replace these damaged roofing shingles as promptly as possible. If you leave the damaged shingle in place, it can leave your home exposed to the elements, which could result in a leak or mold.
  • Get rid of overhanging tree branches. Odds are when you hear your neighbors trimming or cutting down branches from nearby trees they’re not doing it to spite you early in the morning. By cutting branches that hang over your roof, you can prevent the damage that may otherwise occur due to severe weather. However, before you cut away any branches, be sure to consult with the guidelines of the neighborhood to ensure you’re not breaking any laws.
  • Pay attention to your gutters. Your roof and roofing shingles can be damaged if your gutters aren’t properly draining rainwater. Check your gutters periodically to ensure that the debris and leaves that build up during storms are removed and leaving a clear path for water. While cleaning your gutters routinely isn’t required, it’s recommended that you clean them at least twice throughout the year. The best times to clean them is during the spring and fall when leaves enjoy catapulting themselves into yards throughout the country.

To save yourself the money it would cost to repair a horrendous roofing disaster, be sure to follow these tips to keep your roof at its best throughout the years. If you’re in need of roofing repair, it’s important that you don’t wait to fix it. Contact the roofing contractors of BandB Roofing today for professional roofing repair to preserve the life of your roof.