Having a roof over your head is one of the most important investments in your home. A shingle roof not only protects you from the elements but also adds aesthetic appeal.
However, like any other investment, your home and especially your roof, require proper maintenance to keep it in good condition and not void the warranty.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your shingle roof:
Do not nail anything into your roof: Nailing anything into the roof can create holes that can lead to water seepage, causing damage to the roof and potentially voiding the warranty.
Remove debris from the roof: Debris such as leaves and branches can hold water, leading to deterioration and potentially voiding the warranty. To avoid this, regularly remove any debris from the roof by blowing it off with a leaf blower or sweeping it with a broom.
Do not walk on the roof: Foot traffic can cause damage to the shingles, especially in the heat. To avoid this, avoid walking on the roof altogether or walk on designated walking paths.
Remove snow properly: Snow accumulation on the roof can cause damage, voiding the warranty. Do not use a snow shovel to remove snow as it can cause serious damage. Instead, call a professional to remove the snow or follow the instructions provided to do it safely.
Prune tree branches: Tree branches that touch or hang over the roof can cause damage through rubbing or by attracting climbing animals. To avoid this, prune tree branches that come in contact with the roof.
Do not let anyone alter the roof in any way. If you are adding pipes or vents, it's best to call the roofing contractor who installed your roof as they are the ones who must service your roof to maintain the warranty.
Provide annual maintenance. Just like your vehicle requires regular maintenance to keep running at its best, so does your roof. Once a year you should check to make sure that your shingles are all nailed in and tabbed down and that no shingles are missing or sliding. You will also want to look for exposed nail heads, and cracked vents or pipes. If you do not want to climb on your roof, you can call a licensed roofing contractor to do it for you. Annual roof maintenance is the best way to make sure that your roof will last as long as the warranty says it's supposed to.
By following these tips, you can maintain your shingle roof's warranty and keep it in good condition for years to come. Regular roof inspections and maintenance can also help prolong its lifespan. If you have any concerns or questions about your roof warranty, it's best to consult the roofing contractor who installed your roof. If they are not available you should check with the manufacturer of your brand of shingles to see what contractor they recommend in your area.