Roof Care 101: Essential Roof Maintenance

By Stacy Mellete

As a homeowner, it is important to know how to take care of your roof. No matter what type of roof you have, routine roof maintenance is necessary to preserve its performance and durability.

A well-maintained roof can save you from extensive repairs and other structural damages. Affordable Roofing Systems offers complete roofing solutions, including routine maintenance.

Call us at 813-542-8462 to discuss how we can best serve you.

In this post, we offer roof maintenance tips for both residential and commercial properties.

Roof Care 101: Essential Roof Maintenance

Tip #1: Check the Roof Shingles Thoroughly

It is advisable to check the condition of the roof shingles every season. Different weather patterns can greatly affect the durability of your roof. Take note that even quality roofing materials have vulnerabilities. Hot or humid months could potentially result in excessive sun damage to your roof. The same thing goes for rainy seasons. Check out the shingles for signs of wear and tear damage. You should pay attention to missing or ripped shingles.

Look closely at the caulk around the flashing and vent pipes. Watch out for areas with moss or lichen. This could be an indication of potential material decay beneath those shingles. Take measures to prevent these issues from escalating.

Tip #2: Treat Moss and Algae Problems

Moss and algae growth is not only unpleasant to the eyes but can also cause more structural damages if not treated properly. This usually happens during warmer months in shady areas of the roof. If you see any signs of moss, algae, or lichen, it is best to get in touch with your local roofing contractor right away. DIY roof cleaning solutions containing zinc and copper can be effective, but an experienced professional can save you time and money by fixing the problem quickly and effectively.

Tip #3: Clean the Roof Gutters 

Gutters are one of the essential parts of the proof. It serves as a protection by directing water and debris away from the roof or the structural foundation. Keep your gutters clean by removing clogged elements such as leaves, branches, and other debris. You can simply use a water hose to clean roof gutters. Experts recommend inspecting and cleaning your gutters on a quarterly basis.

Tip #4: Remove Debris from your Roof Regularly

Doing this on a regular basis can effectively prolong the lifespan of your roof. It helps prevent damages and algae growth. Take note that gutters cannot catch all the debris that may land on the roof. This is why it’s important to do this routine regularly.

Tip #5: Trim Branches Hanging Near the Roofline

Trimming large trees near the roofline is also an essential step to protect your roof. This should help control or prevent too much debris from falling on your roof. It also provides more safety, especially during stormy seasons.

Tip #6: Assess the Impact of Sun Exposure on your Roof

Direct sunlight can significantly wear down the condition of your roof over time. Take note, however, that addressing the impact of UV exposure may result in unintended consequences. Without sunlight, the risk of moss or algae growth increases. An experienced roofing expert can help you determine the best solution to mitigate sun exposure and other factors.

These are just a few of the things you should consider to maintain the quality of your roof. At Affordable Roofing Systems, we understand the hassle of having damaged or faulty roofs. We also know that these steps are time consuming. This is why we provide comprehensive roofing evaluations and roofing maintenance programs. These are designed to help every homeowner or property owner in the Tampa Bay Area.

If you’re looking for a licensed roofing contractor, call us now! We can send one of our highly-trained staff right away to see how we can help you.

Are You Interested in an Estimate?

Our Roofing Solutions

Your roof has an important job to do to keep your home dry, but it can also be an impressive home feature.


Our stone coated steel roofing system is available in a wide range of styles including Tile, Shake, Slate, and Shingle, and in a variety of colors. We’ll help you to choose one that will fit your home’s style and your budget.


As the most-used roofing type across North America, asphalt strikes a balance between price and durability, with a life expectancy of up to 20. Shingles are available for those who want affordable, genuine slate roofing.


Tile roofs offer unparalleled value when cost per year of use is factored in. While upfront costs are higher, customers who choose a clay or concrete tile roof will enjoy the aesthetics and quality for a lifetime.


Metal roofs today come in a wide array of colors and finishes. Innovations in metal roofing technology have significantly enhanced the performance of metal roofs.

TPO Membrane

TPO can be installed to any scale with some of the world’s largest building utilizing TPO roofing systems – it comes in strips typically 8ft 10ft and 12ft wide that are heat welded on site.

Customer Experience

Save time and money with a Top-Rated Roofing Service

  • I am very impressed! Your workers have left me with really considerable knowledge of our new smoke alarm system and appliance.
    Carolyn Wintner
  • Not only were they the most thorough with the initial inspection, but workers also had the best price offer I have searched for.
    Michael Doe
  • They performed the most comprehensive inspection and the handyman was the most knowledgeable worker I have ever met.
    Catherine Jane
  • The workers were great-knowledgeable, courteous and very efficient. They finished on time and I am very satisfied.
    Sue Jones
Are You Interested in an Estimate?