Roofing troubles begin when your roof's shingles age beyond their expected lifespan and rain, snow and ice begin to seep into your roof. You cannot afford to allow roofing damage to your home, so it is essential to handle replacement and repairs right away. Here are some recommendations to help you keep your asphalt roof in great condition and maintained with well-timed replacement so it protects your home well through every season.
1. Follow Installation Recommendations
As a homeowner, you will need to replace your home's older shingles when they put your home at risk of damage from moisture. When your roof is just one wind storm away from having the roofing deck and attic space exposed to moisture, you know you have waited too long. A good indication of your roof's needing a replacement is when the existing shingles are beginning to curl up on the southern-exposed sides of the roof.
Your professional roofer will need to remove your older layers of shingles, especially if your roof already contains two layers of existing shingles. Building code does not allow them to install more than a second layer of shingles onto your roof. The weight of the shingles can put extra stress on your home's structure. And when you remove the layers of shingles you can pay for a professional inspection. If any area of your roof's structure contains dry rot, moisture damage, or insect problems, it must be repaired to keep your roof's structure intact.
2. Protect From Ice Damage
When you live in a northern climate, snow and ice in the winter is a common occurrence. When you replace your home's roof with new asphalt shingles, your roofers should apply an ice barrier at least along the bottom edges of your roof. It is here that ice dams can form, even on a newer home that has improved interior energy efficiency. Ice dams don't form only on older homes that have poor insulation in the roof, because as soon as your roof becomes too warm for the snow to remain, it will melt and run down to the edges of your roof to form a layer of ice.
To help you protect against ice dams on the edge of your roof, in addition to an ice barrier underlayer, you can look at installing heating cables. Your roofer can add this feature to your roof after they install the new layer of shingles. This extra protection can protect your roof and shingles from ice formation and related moisture damage to your interior ceiling and walls.
For more insight, contact asphalt shingle roofing contractors.