How Proper Roof Maintenance Can Extend the Life of Your Roof
Homeowners, now more than ever, are looking for ways to cut costs and save money. However, if they are taking an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to roof maintenance, they could miss an excellent opportunity to extend the life of the roof on their home and therefore save money. A proactive maintenance program, along with understanding different warranty policies, will help homeowners do their part to extend the life of their roof for as long as possible.
Proactive maintenance programs address each homeowner’s individual needs and typically include twice yearly inspections, documentation of roof conditions, maintenance, and repairs (if necessary). For example, leaks and water seepage typically do not occur until after the roofing system or insulation has worn down or there has been deck damage. Proper maintenance and service are needed to ensure the roofing system performs as expected and the earlier you catch the warning signs of a leak, the less costly any needed repairs will be.
In an attempt to save money, many homeowners wait until minor roof problems become very obvious and major roof problems before conducting maintenance/service. This type of reactive maintenance will, in fact, increase roof life-cycle costs. Spot repairs made during a proactive maintenance visit are far less costly than replacing membranes, insulation and decking if a leak occurs in the future. Proactive maintenance also helps identify potential problem-causing areas, thus decreasing life-cycle costs.
Along with extending the life of a roof system, homeowners and business owners are discovering there are many other benefits to proper roof maintenance by a roofing contractor. When minor roofing problems are repaired over time, there is less of a chance for larger and more costly issues down the line. Along with roof-related issues such as leaks and damage, a bad roof can equal stress and unnecessary costs.
Since every roof comes with different challenges — depending on the type of roofing system, roofing accessories, etc. – you will need a professional and licensed roofing contractor to assess your specific roofing needs and wants in order to design the most cost-effective solution. Whether you will need to repair a leaking roof or install a new one, the final result should be a high-quality roofing system that will last its lifetime or surpass it.
Again, the best tool that an owner has available to extend the life of their roof is a regularly scheduled maintenance program. Proper maintenance can guard against simple problems that left unattended could dramatically shorten the life expectancy of your roof. Potential problems can be identified and corrected through periodic inspections, preventing serious problems later. Regular roofing inspections that are performed properly will head off many problems and even extend the life of your roof.