Roof maintenance or replacement is a necessary part of home ownership that everyone must go through. It can be time-consuming and frustrating, but with preventative roof maintenance, most homeowners can stay ahead of any problems they may have with their roof.
Not only is roof maintenance time saving, but it also gives homeowners peace of mind and saves money in the long run by extending the life of a roof. A little maintenance now can save a lot of money in the long run.
Protection against the rain, wind, snow, and heat, a roof is exposed to the elements every single day. Roof problems are mainly caused by poor maintenance. Some ways to increase the life of a roof includes:
- Maintenance – Regular maintenance increases the lifespan of a roof. It can also mean the difference between a repair and a total replacement, which can run into tens of thousands of dollars.
- Inspections – It’s hard to have a roof maintained when the homeowner is unsure of the problems. There is no “set in stone” timeline for when a roof should be inspected for problems. Depending on the age, weather conditions, and any problems seen by the homeowners can give a clue as to when a proper inspection is due. Even if no problems are seen, an inspection once every few years is advisable.
- Watch the Warranty – Don’t have a false sense of security just because of a warranty. Warranties have limited value and may become null and void if routine inspections are not conducted, materials are installed incorrectly, or even if a satellite dish installation has caused the problem. Read the fine print and ask questions.
- Curb Appeal –A roof is not just the protector of the house. Ask any realtor and they will tell you that a roof is one of the first things a person sees when they are looking at your home.
- Gutters and other Items – Clogged gutters can cause damage due to improper drainage and may even cause roof algae to appear. Roof algae is what causes those ugly black streaks on a roof and is a red light to potential home buyers.
If you notice that the roof seems to have major problems or is leaking, a roof replacement may be in order.
Replacing a Roof
Finally, once you have decided to replace a roof, there are five important tips to remember:
- Shop Around – Don’t choose solely based on price. The old adage “you get what you pay for” should be considered for the most important covering for your precious possessions. The lowest bid does NOT mean the best job possible.
- Take off the Old – Homes are only supposed to have two layers of asphalt shingles on a roof. Also, the decking and flashing can’t be inspected. Yes, it’s cheaper, but when it comes to a major investment such as a new roof, is saving $1000 really worth it?
- Go for the Gold Standard – Shingles come in “years” and the more years, the higher the price. But, for the extra price of a few hundred to a few thousand, consider investing in the 50-year-shingles with copper flashing.
- Paperwork – Make sure the roofer has a permit BEFORE the job begins. Many warranties will become void if there was not a permit pulled for the job.
- See the Magnet, Then Pay – When roofs are replaced, there are thousands of nails that come off too. Most worthwhile contractors have a large magnet that they roll around the yard so that you won’t have years and years of flat tires.