Repairing My Roof

Two Things To Understand About Asphalt Shingle Roofing As A New Homeowner

If you're a first-time homeowner, you may not know much about maintaining your roof. You may not give much thought to a roof when you rent a home or apartment, but all that changes when you own your home. A roof leak could cause extensive damage to your home and cause it to lose value. Here are two important things to know about maintaining an asphalt shingle roof.

1. Why Prompt Shingle Repairs Are Essential

Your roof is made up of a deck that's often made of plywood. The plywood is nailed to the rafters for support and then covered with underlayment and shingles. Flashing is placed around the chimney and other roof protrusions. Pipe vents also have a rubber collar that prevents roof leaks. All these parts of your roof need to be maintained and replaced when needed.

The shingles provide the first layer of defense, and this is why prompt shingle repairs are essential. If a shingle goes missing or gets cracked, rain can fall on the underlayment and get behind other shingles. The underlayment may rot away when exposed to rain and UV rays. If rain gets past the underlayment, the roof deck gets wet and the wood starts to rot.

This could eventually lead to a roof collapse that could have been prevented through prompt repairs of bad shingles, replacing a cracked rubber collar, or repairing rusted flashing. When you think your roof has a few bad shingles or when you see rain dripping in your attic, call a roofing contractor without delay so repairs can be done before the cost escalates.

2. How Gutters And Ventilation Protect Your Roof

You may not realize the ventilation in your attic and your gutters affect your roof. Problems with ventilation or your gutters lead to problems with your roof that might have been preventable.

You should clean your gutters regularly if you feel able to do so. If not, call a gutter cleaning company so leaves don't clog the gutters and cause water to back up under the shingles. Keep rain flowing through the gutters so it flows away from your roof.

If your attic doesn't have enough ventilation, the shingles on your roof wear out faster. Plus, the risk of ice dams forming in the winter increases. If your shingles show signs of curling or if you have ice dams over the winter, call a roofing contractor to check the attic ventilation. More vents can be added if necessary to help your roof have a longer life.

As a homeowner, you don't want to ignore and neglect your roof. Check it for damage regularly as best as you can from the attic and from your yard. Call a roofing contractor to check the roof more closely if you suspect damage or after a bad storm. By taking good care of your roof, it will have a longer life and you can put off a roof replacement, which is a major expense, for as long as possible.

Contact a company like Roof Pro & Home Improvements, Inc. to learn more.