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Mount Pleasant Roofing: Article About Maintaining Your Asphalt and Wood Shingles

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If your home has asphalt or wood roofing shingles, there are several commonsense maintenance tasks you can perform in order to achieve the longest possible lifespan from them.

When your home has an asphalt-shingled roof, keep an eye on the condition of your shingles by performing a visual inspection every year. Look for shingles that are worn and need replacing. A common sign that a shingle is nearing the end of its usable life is if most of the granulated surface texture is worn off. Shingles like this will appear shiny and smooth. Try to replace them as soon as possible.

If any one of your Mount Pleasant roofing shingles is torn, peeling or curled, you will need to address this kind of situation as soon as possible, too. In many cases, a damaged shingle can be repaired without the need for replacement. For minor damage, like curling, apply a small amount of roofing cement under the damaged area and press it back down. If the shingle is torn, apply the roofing cement, then drive a few roofing nails into the torn edges of the shingle. It is also a good idea to cover the nail heads with a dab or two of roofing cement when you are finished.

When it comes to wood-shingled roofing, the major risk factor is trapped moisture.

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When moisture seeps under your roof's wood shakes or shingles, if the shingles do not dry out completely, you may have a problem on your hands. Natural wood shingles and shakes, manufactured from cedar or spruce, are particularly susceptible to moisture damage such as the growth of algae. Eventually, if your roofing is neglected for too long, some of these water-damaged shingles will experience wood rot. One of the most effective ways to avoid this from happening is by keeping your roof clear of moisture-attracting debris like leaves and needles. You can use a roof rake or a long-handled broom to remove debris every few months. If there are trees with branches that hang over your home's roof, try to keep them trimmed back as much as possible. This will decrease the amount of debris that falls on your shingles. Even if there are no branches hanging over the roof, wind can easily blow leaves up there, so you will still need to sweep the roof, occasionally.

Just as you would with an asphalt-shingled roof, perform visual inspections annually. If you see any black streaks developing on individual shingles, you likely have a moisture problem. Black streaks on your wood shingles are the early signs of mildew setting in. Before the problem becomes severe, take care of it. Otherwise, the shingle will need to be completely replaced, later on.

Maintaining your home's roofing shingles is much easier than you might believe it to be. When you visually inspect your roof, at least once a year, you are proactively protecting your investment.

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