How to keep your roof “healthy” and extend its life expectancy with routine maintenance
The New Year brings new projects and new resolutions. Why not let replacing your roof be one of your 2016 resolutions? Some people are organizing their home while others are changing the design completely. Your roof affects the value of your home and your home’s curb appeal. Before you begin a home improvement project, a roof inspection should be performed first. During a typical roof inspection a professional roof consultant will examine your roof, skylights, rooftop units and any parapits. One of the main reasons roofs fail prematurely is due to neglecting the roof and failure to perform routine inspections that can save money in the long run. Doing a self-inspection of your roof once a year is the best way to prevent any problems from appearing or getting worse. A self-inspection should be done regularly to determine if your roofing contractor should come out, these inspections can be done safely from the ground with binoculars.
Items to look for that need immediate attention from a roofing professional
• Missing or broken shingles
• Any moss or algae growing, this means your shingles are rotting
• Shingles that are curling, buckling and blistering
• Rust spots in you’re flashing or cracked caulk
• Cracked rubber boots and vent pipes
• Damaged chimney cap
If you notice any of these items during your inspection, it’s a good idea to contact a local roofing professional to perform a more through roof inspection. A professional will be able to give you a quote for repairs and roof replacement, perform small repairs immediately and tell you whether or not it’s a better investment to replace your roof or repair it to extend its life span a few more years. More often than not, repairing or replacing your roof is somewhat of an unexpected expense. Putting a lot of money in a roof fund budget each year is not a completely reasonable expectation. However, it may be beneficial to set aside a certain amount each year to help with unknown future expenses or “surprises.” Performing routine inspections will also help to estimate when it may be time to replace your roof so that you can be financially prepared rather than surprised.