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Do Roof Shingles need Maintenance

IKO shingles

Though I didn't actually purchase IKO shingles, their website came up when I Googled "Roof Shingle Maintenance." From my limited knowledge when I first installed the shingles, almost all of the manufacturers have similar products so here is what IKO said about maintenance.

- Every few months, take a good look at your roof - especially after a rain storm or high wind. If there are any roofing shingles missing, have them replaced immediately. Visually inspect the dormers, valleys and flashing for signs of leaks, too

- Make sure there's no debris on your roof. A build-up of leaves, especially on a low-slope or flat roof, can trap and hold water which could eventually work its way through the roof deck and into your home. Clear away leaves with a leaf blower

- Keep your eavestroughs clear so water can run away to the ground and not back up along your roof line where it could get underneath your shingles or freeze and create an ice dam

- Look for ceramic granules in your eavestrough. It's perfectly normal for your shingles to lose some of their granules over time and in weather. However, if you find a lot of granules, check your shingles for bald spots where too many granules have worn away, leaving the asphalt exposed and vulnerable. Replace any such shingles right away

- If you live in a maritime climate or an area of high humidity and you have a light colored roof, you may notice some black streaks. These are caused by algae growth. Although they look unattractive, they won't affect the performance of your roof shingles. You can avoid the problem right off the bat by choosing an algae-resistant asphalt shingle. Look for this specification when selecting your shingles or ask your roofing contractor

A lot of this requires going up onto my roof, but I'm okay with heights so this is probably what I'll start to do a couple times a year.


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