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As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to keep your asphalt shingle roofing system well-maintained through regular inspections and cleanups. In doing so, you ensure its longevity and weather performance. However, these should be done the right way. As one of the top roofing contractors in the area, we share the things you shouldn’t do when taking care of your investment.

Asphalt shingle roof upkeep and maintenance

Letting Tree Branches Reach Your Roof

It is good to have trees around your home to provide shade during sunny weather. However, their branches can grow until they touch your home’s exteriors, including your roof. Leaves collecting on your roof tend to attract moisture, which then encourages mold formation. There’s also the threat of damage to your asphalt shingles due to falling branches or twigs, especially during inclement weather. Be sure to trim overhanging branches to curb mold growth.

Repairing Your Roof Yourself

Roof repairs are best left in the hands of reliable professionals. A lot of costly errors can happen when an inexperienced homeowner is in charge. A common mistake involves patching up a roof leak but overlooking the other areas of the roofing system, causing the problem to persist. A reputable contractor, meanwhile, can locate the source of the leak while making sure every area of the roof is accounted for during the inspection.

Using a Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is best used in hard surfaces like concrete driveways and specific types of siding. However, it is never recommended for use on your asphalt shingle roof. You might think that the water spraying out of the nozzle is enough to get rid of mold and mildew stuck on your shingles. However, it will also dislodge the protective granules on top of the roofing material and trap water under them, which can lead to leaks.

For your roofing needs, turn to CQ Roofing. We don’t just install a wide range of roofing materials but also deliver emergency roofing services that tackle problems ranging from serious leaks to storm damage and more. Call (850) 683-4169 for a roof inspection today. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Crestview, FL, and the surrounding communities.