East Texas roofing is pretty durable. Most of the time you don’t have to give much thought to the roof on your home or business. However, some people don’t realize the damage they can do when they aren’t careful. Avoid damaging your East Texas roofing when you stay away from the following.
Never, Ever Pressure Wash Your Roof
Maybe you have your siding and fencing pressure washed and you’re amazed by how fresh and clean it looks. Your home’s exterior looks brand new, and the guy with the pressure washer offers to do your roof too. Say no!
If you pressure wash your roof you will, indeed have debris-free shingles, but you could also be condemning your East Texas roofing material to an early death. High powered spray doesn’t just blast through dirt and algae growth. It strips away the granules that protect your shingles from UV damage. They’ll age faster. They could start to crack, split and curl up at the edges. You’ll experience leaks sooner and have to replace the roof sooner.
Don’t Allow Mold and Mildew Growth
Our area is humid year round, so East Texas roofing sometimes experiences mold and mildew growth. Damp surfaces with flourishing plants or fungus deteriorate faster. If you have something growing on your roof, give us a call. We’ll talk you through the best ways to remove it without harming your roof.
Avoid Walking on Your Roof
You could accidentally damage your East Texas roofing by walking on it. Your feet dislodge those granules on asphalt shingles much like pressure washing will. Also, you don’t know what might already be loose on your roof. A slip and fall could cost your life.
Don’t Nail or Screw Lights to East Texas Roofing
If you puncture your flashing, shingles or any other roofing material, you weaken it. Don’t use nails or screws to hang Christmas or other holiday lights to your home. Instead, buy hooks or adhesive designed for attaching lights without making holes.
Never Ignore Debris
If you look at roof valleys and see buildup, that’s bad for your roof. Fallen leaves and twigs catch and hold dirt and moisture. Mold and mildew grow underneath and water can back up under shingles.
You also should clean your gutters at least once a year. If you didn’t get those leaves out last fall, get a ladder and take care of it now before trees start to grow along your roof line.
Don’t Pull Things Loose to Look for Leaks
Sometimes homeowners find a leak inside, so they get up on their roof to find the problem. They don’t see anything obvious, so they start to pry up shingles and bend back flashing in the area they think the leak originates. That just does more damage.
If you have a leak, call our roofing experts. We’ll find the source of the problem and talk with you about the most cost-effective way to fix it, without doing any more damage.