In residential roofing, asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material used today. Not only is asphalt shingle roofing cost effective, but it is also quite durable. Plus, it comes in a wide range of color and style options to suit any homeowner's needs. 

Of course, no roofing material is 100% maintenance-free, which is why it's so important for all homeowners to be aware of a few care and maintenance tips that should be followed with traditional asphalt shingle roofs.

Schedule Annual Roofing Inspections

One of the best and easiest steps homeowners can take to avoid costly roof damage (or premature roof replacement) is scheduling an annual inspection with a reputable roofing services company. With an annual inspection, you can stay on top of even the smallest of repairs that may need to be done on your roof (before they turn into more expensive problems) and enjoy added peace of mind.

Always Check for Damage After a Storm

Often times, roof damage can occur as a result of high winds, hail, or other inclement weather. The good news is that your home insurance policy should cover just about any damage that may be caused by storms. The key is to make sure that you have your roof assessed for damage after any major storm in your area so that you can file an insurance claim promptly and have any necessary repairs performed.

Be on the Lookout for Signs of Wear and Tear

In between roofing inspections, homeowners should still be on the lookout for signs of damage or wear and tear on their asphalt shingle roofing. Specifically, it's a good idea to check attics for signs of roof leaks every few months (ideally during a time of rainfall). 

Don't Forget About Regular Gutter Cleanings

Your home's gutter system is an important part of your roofing as well, so don't neglect it. At least once a year (and maybe more like twice a year, depending on the climate), it's a good idea to clean your gutters or have this service done by a reputable company. Doing so will allow for more efficient drainage of water from your roof, which can help protect shingles from premature wear and tear.

A little bit of care and maintenance can go a long way in prolonging the life of your roof, so be sure to keep these basics in mind as a homeowner!