If you plan to invest in a new roof this year, you'll need to take steps to protect your investment. New roofs are designed to last for many years. However, they'll last much longer when you provide proper care for them. Here are some tips you should follow to protect your new roof.
Don't Cut Corners on Your Roof Installation
Now that you'll be having a new roof installed on your home, avoid cutting corners on the installation. The money you save on the short-cuts could end up costing you more in the long run. This is particularly true where the old roofing material is concerned. Many people have their new roof installed right over the old one. While this does save money on the installation, it can wreak havoc on your new roof. For one thing, if the old roof is not securely attached to the underlayment—the plywood subfloor—your new roof won't be securely attached either. Unfortunately, that means that one good wind storm could blow your new roof right off. Protect your investment by spending the extra money to have the old roofing material removed.
Don't Scrub Your Asphalt Shingles
Once you have your new roof, you'll want to keep it looking brand new for as long as possible. One way to do that is to give it a thorough cleaning once a year. However, the way you clean your roof is extremely important. The most important thing to remember is that you should never use a power washer to clean your shingles, as the force of the water could remove your shingles. Also, avoid using a a scrub brush on your shingles, as you could remove the protective granules. If you're going to wash your shingles, use an ordinary garden sprayer and a broom. For maximum protection, have your roofing company take care of the annual cleaning.
Don't Ignore Damaged Shingles
If you're going to have a new roof installed on your home, be sure to watch for damage. Minor issues can pose a serious risk, especially if you ignore the problem for too long. As soon as you notice loose, missing, or damaged shingles, contact your roofing company as soon as possible. They'll come out and take care of the repairs.
Don't Encourage Pest Activity
When it comes to protecting your new roof, you want to avoid encouraging pest activity. Those birds and squirrels that are scurrying around your new roof may look cute, but they're going to wreak havoc on your shingles. This is particularly true once they start chewing and pecking away. Avoid the damage, by discouraging pest activity anywhere on your roof.
For more information, reach out to a local roofing company.