Dos and Don’ts of Proper Asphalt Shingle Care

By Stacy Mellete

The fall season is in full swing in Florida, and with it comes some pretty nasty weather, at least as far as your roof is concerned. So before you need to contact your local storm damage restoration company, it’s best to know a thing or two about how to keep your asphalt shingles in good shape even through the worst of the season.

When it comes to their roofing, many homeowners tend to have the shingles installed and forget about them. However, there are ways you can protect these hardy roofing shingles so they, in turn, can protect your home and your family.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts from our experts at Affordable Roofing Systems on proper asphalt shingle maintenance.

Do Stick to a Regular Maintenance Schedule

Experts recommend doing a thorough roofing inspection and maintenance at least once every two to three years. Seasonal maintenance may also be necessary for homes in areas that need frequent hurricane, wind or hail damage repair.

Sign up for a maintenance agreement with your local roofing contractor so you never miss out on any important roof appointments.

Don’t Neglect Repairs

Leaking roofs pose a serious risk to both the integrity of your roof structure and the safety of your home. Call a professional roof repair contractor right away as soon as you detect signs of a leak. Delaying repairs often leads to worse problems in the future.

Do Hire Only Certified Roofing Professionals

The days following a storm often brings about plenty of door-to-door contractors offering roof repairs. These are storm chasers and are usually a scam. Vet your contractors fully and make sure that they have all pertinent certifications and licenses before signing any contract with them.

Don’t DIY Roofing Jobs

It’s tempting to take a DIY approach when it comes to simple roof repairs, however, this is often a bad idea. At best, you’ll still need to call in the pros to fix any mistakes you might have made, and at worst, you might exacerbate the problem, leading to a more costly repair job.

Keep your shingles in great shape all year long with the help of our roofing professionals at Affordable Roofing Systems. Call us at (813) 542-8462 or use our contact form to request a free estimate on roofing services today. We serve homeowners in Tampa, Largo and Brandon, as well as other neighboring FL areas.

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