Having A New Asphalt Roof Installed? 3 Tips To Keep It In Good Condition

If you are having a new roof installed for your home, you need to know how to keep it in good condition. Asphalt roofs generally last a long time, but they can last even longer if they're taken care of properly. Keep reading for three tips on how you can do this. 

Remove Moss

Inspect your roof periodically to ensure it stays clean. One common thing that can grow on roofs is moss. This is green and can blanket your roof if not taken care of quickly. If left on moss can cause mold and mildew and the moss traps moisture, which will damage your roof over time. If there is mold, this can attract rodents who feed on mold. Moss will get under the shingles if left on the roof. This will cause even more damage. This can cause holes, roof leaks, and the asphalt can degenerate. 

There are many ways you can remove the moss from your roof, but because it is so dangerous, hire a professional to do this job for you. They have the right products to use that won't damage your roof or surrounding vegetation. 

Check the Gutters

Keep an eye on the gutters as if they get clogged the water from the gutters will get under the roofing shingles. It is common for gutters to get clogged during the fall season with leaves, sticks, and more. Climb up on the roof and remove the leaves using a hand shovel. You can use a leaf blower if you have a lot of leaves. If you see any damage to the gutters replace them with new ones. If you are not comfortable climbing up that high, you can always call residential roofers to come help you out.

To help keep leaves and debris out of the gutters trim trees that are near your roof. There are gutter screens that you can purchase to place over the gutters. You can use fine mesh on the gutters and leaf catchers are available. You can purchase all these things at a home improvement store. 

Inspect Roof

Make sure you inspect your roof regularly. Because your roof is new you can do this on your own. If you have a hailstorm or other bad weather, you may want to have the roof inspected by a professional just in case there is damage. Getting damage repaired quickly will prevent leaks and the damage from getting worse. 

Do a visual inspection from the ground as you will see if there is damage. Also, go in the attic to see if water is leaking from the roof. If so, you need to hire a professional. 

The roofing service that installed your roof or another residential roofing service can give you more info on keeping your roof in good condition.