If you have an asphalt shingle roof, it's not indestructible. There will be times when repairs need to be made, which could be costly. Fortunately, you can reduce the amount of significant repairs by remembering these maintenance tips. 

Create a Routine Cleaning Schedule

Dirt and debris don't just make asphalt shingles look old and worn down. They can actually degrade their structure over time if left untreated. You can easily prevent this from happening with routine cleaning, however. 

What you'll need for this job is a portable pressure washer with a long extension hose. You'll then be able to easily take off tough residues and debris that have collected on your asphalt shingles over the months. The long extension hose allows you to clean while standing on the ground -- so you never have to worry about falling off any tall ladders. 

Replace Damaged Shingles 

If you start seeing shingles tear apart or start curling up, you need to act fast and have them replaced. If you don't, your home is more susceptible to water damage around these weak areas. Then, you may be looking at costly repairs ranging into the thousands.

Every month or so, conduct a visual inspect of your roof to see if any shingles need to be replaced. If they do, you'll want to hire shingle roofing contractors. They'll have the necessary tools and knowledge to safely remove and replace damaged shingles in a short period of time. They'll even provide estimates so that you can budget accordingly.

Remove Overextending Branches

Having trees around your property is great from an aesthetic standpoint, but they can do serious damage to your asphalt shingles during severe storms. For this reason, you should remove any branches that hang over your roof. They then can't scrape against your shingles and cause costly destruction.

For this job to be done safely, you'll want to use a tree trimming pole. It's long and has a powered saw on the end to help you cut branches with ease, even if they're up high. This pole trimmer's saw is also rather strong, enabling you to cut through thick branches in one smooth motion.

Maintaining your home's asphalt shingle roof should be a top priority, no matter how hot or cold it is outside. The more work you put into keeping it in good condition, the less repairs you'll have to deal with and the less money you'll spend each year.