We’re sure you’ve heard the saying that you should be grateful that you have a roof over your head, but in order to appreciate this, you need to actually have a roof over your head that protects you and your family from the natural elements like wind, snow, heat, and rain.
Every day, your roof gets the brunt of these weather hazards which leads to damage and deterioration. Have you been ignoring that tiny leak or loose shackle? That small leak can lead to bigger problems, especially for seniors. The leak can form a puddle on your floor, which, when it goes unnoticed, can cause you to slip and fall. It can also cause mold and mildew, which you and your family could be breathing in without even noticing it and is especially dangerous if you suffer from asthma or allergies. Water damage can also weaken the structural integrity of your home, which makes it more susceptible to strong winds or fallen trees.
If your roof isn’t in good shape, it can actually damage other parts of your house. With proper maintenance and service, your roof can last an average of 15 to 30 years. So why’s it important to maintain your roof? Continue reading to find out.
Increases the Lifespan of the Roof
Your roof is constantly exposed to natural elements, so maintaining your roof can help you avoid major damages and extend the lifespan of your roof. It can mean the difference between having to just repair your roof and needing to replace it, which can save you from unexpected costs in the future.
How often you should maintain your roof depends on the age of the roof, the weather conditions, and any issues identified during past inspections. You should aim to have your roof inspected once every few years, even if it’s newer.
Roof May Not Be Protected Under Warranty
Even if your roof is still under warranty, it doesn’t mean that the roof will be automatically repaired or replaced. If the materials aren’t properly installed or if the damage is caused by something like installing a satellite dish, the warranty may not cover repairs. Actually, many roofing companies and roofing material manufacturers require to you get a professional inspection every few years or after a major weather event for the warranties to remain active.
Roof’s Part of the House’s Appeal
When your roof shows signs of damage, it makes your house look less attractive, and when you decide to sell your home, a roof that shows signs of wear and tear can break a home sale. Most problems like clogged gutters, which is caused when rain or snow doesn’t properly drain or roof algae, which can age your roof and cause ugly black streaks, can be fixed with simple maintenance like roof cleaning or debris removal.
Saves You Money
You may be wondering how spending money on roof maintenance can save you money, but if you find yourself in an emergency situation, you won’t have time to shop around and compare costs. Services cost more on holidays, the weekends, and evenings and you’re billed for investigating the problem and setting up the equipment. If your roof has a major problem, you can spend thousands of dollars repairing it and you might not be able to live in your house while the work is done.
Roof Could Be Hiding Something
Many people don’t notice that there’s a problem with their roof until it starts to leak and by that time, it’s a much bigger issue. Water can damage your insulation, wood framing, and structural steel before you even see mold on the ceilings or the walls start to leak.
Maintenance Saves Time
When you need to replace your roof, frequent maintenance will make it easier for the roofing company to finish the job more quickly and you won’t have to take as much time off of work dealing with the issue. If a new roof needs to be installed, the existing insulation and wood carpentry can stay in place which will save you time and money.