How To Care For Your Roof Shingles

Different roof shingles have different care requirements. Understanding the unique maintenance requirements for asphalt, fiberglass and metal shingles will allow you to enjoy your roof for a long time and minimize the amount of time and money you spend on repairs.

Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles

Asphalt and asphalt composite fiberglass shingles call for similar care. When installed properly they provide lasting protection for the home.

Check the condition of these shingles on a regular basis, at least once a year. Look for damage and loose shingles. Make repairs and adjustments as needed.

You may need to apply additional roofing tar to keep asphalt or fiberglass shingles from coming loose. You also may need to adjust a shingle’s position after a windstorm.

Use a power sprayer or other tool to remove debris and loose materials from the roof.

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are the most durable type of shingle and provide the best protection. Once they have been installed, you should not have much need to spend time or money on maintenance or repair.

Make sure to attack rust as soon as you spot it. Clean it off with a wire brush and gentle sanding.

Every few years, reapply a protective coating that may have worn off under hot sun or heavy rain. This will ensure that your metal shingles continue to provide ample protection to your roof and home.

On occasion, remove debris such as leaves and sticks that may have been caught beneath the shingles. If necessary, use a power washer to restore the appearance of your roof.

Always check with the manufacturer's directions regarding care and maintenance of your shingles. The manufacturer can provide direct advice on specific questions you may have concerning your roof.