How to Maintain Your Asphalt Roof

For homeowners who are concerned about their asphalt roofs, a roof inspection might be required to go through preventative maintenance to confirm the roof doesn’t have any problems that could cost more money in the long run.

If you’re unsure about inspecting the roof yourself or unable to do it, call a professional like Horch Roofing to take a look for you.

When should an asphalt roof be replaced?

If an asphalt roof is older than 15 years, it may need to be replaced. According to the National Association of Home Builders, ideally an asphalt roof should last for up to 30 years, but the roof should be checked regularly as asphalt shingles can be damaged from snow, ice, rain and wind.

The first task is to determine the condition an asphalt roof is in. Look for:

  • Cracks in the caulking, any rust spots around metal obstructions or visual damage to the roof
  • Areas of moss that can be an indication there is decay under the shingles
  • Shingles that might be buckling, turned or curled or missing and broken shingles
  • Cracks and worn away rubber boots that might be around the vent pipes
  • Black algae (mold) that might be staining the shingles

Check your gutters for grit or granules that have worn off the shingles. These asphalt granules help block UV rays. Loose grit could be a sign of decay or deterioration .

Easy Fixes for Your Roofer

If there are any damaged, missing or loose shingles, homeowners should contact a roofer right away. If this is the result of a missing nail, this may be an easy fix where hammering can put the shingle back in place. Additional damage may be from caulk that is caked or flaking away.

While some homeowners may want to replace their shingles or attempt to caulk flashing themselves, if they’re unsure, an experienced roofer can help. It can sometimes take several hours to repair a few shingles. Homeowners who want to leave it to the professionals should call Horch Roofing with any questions or to set up an appointment, (207) 273-1111.