A classic asphalt roof can last 25 to 30 years if installed and maintained properly. The goal of regular roof maintenance is just that: keeping your roof in peak condition to avoid more expensive fixes, including roof leaks, repairs, and roof replacement.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, the majority of roof damage comes from plant matter: roof moss, algae, and mold damaging the shingles over time, and debris from overhanging trees leading to drainage issues. All of these problems are mitigated by semi-annual roof maintenance.
What's Included in Roof Maintenance?
- Gutter cleaning prevents clogs from developing, allowing rainwater to drain away from your home’s foundation.
- Leaf & debris removal allows the shingles to dry properly after rainfall. Trapped moisture leads to wood rot and roof leaks.
- Pressure washing and soft washing (determined by shingle type) remove roof moss, algae, and mold, protecting your roof from the development of gaps and thin spots.
- Shingle inspection and replacement ensures your attic ceiling stays dry and water drains properly.
- Minor structural repairs to the roof, chimney, and roof fixtures such as solar panels circumvent the need for more expensive repairs down the road.
In addition to roof maintenance, we may recommend a thorough roof inspection. We may also recommend trimming branches from overhanging trees in order to limit the amount of debris accumulating on your roof.
How Does Roof Maintenance Differ by Shingle Type?
Classic asphalt roof maintenance must be done with a certain degree of care. Power washing is not recommended as asphalt shingles aren’t designed to withstand the pressure, but soft washing can gently remove any layered roof moss and grime and leave the shingles looking good as new.
Maintenance for metal roofs requires professional-grade power washing equipment. We do not recommend pressure washing your roof on your own due to the danger of falling. Pressure washers have a powerful kick that can cause loss of balance in those not accustomed to it. While hardy, shingles made of metal still occasionally need to be replaced due to environmental damage.
How Often Should You Order Roof Maintenance?
We recommend roof maintenance once per year, or twice per year if your home has significant tree cover. Book regular roof maintenance to give yourself peace of mind, knowing your roof is well taken care of.
Why Do I Need a Roof Maintenance Plan if I Have a Warranty?
As the person in charge of your facility, it’s your responsibility to maintain your roof system. If you fail to have your roof regularly inspected, cleaned and having minor repairs performed, you may void your warranty when a leak comes through into your facility.
An average roof warranty recommends at least one roof inspection to be performed a year by an authorized contractor. This requirement is beneficial for the property owner and the company that issues the warranty. During the yearly inspection, the inspector will check for not only current problems but areas that could turn into problems in the future. This allows roof repairs to be made before they grow larger and become costly.
A good maintenance plan will go a step further; they will clean your gutters, mend your flashings and perform minor repairs for the cost of the program. Having a service team visit your roof regularly not only gives you peace of mind, but it expands your roof’s lifespan and keeps you within your warranty guidelines.
Choosing Pro Roofing NW as a turnkey roofing company will provide you with highly trained teams and award-winning service. Our services are flexible and diverse; we can repair or replace your home's roof so that it lasts decades.
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