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Doing regular household maintenance, keeping the paint fresh on walls, and maintaining the yard is natural for homeowners. They understand the benefits. On the other hand, the roof of their home is frequently neglected.
This could be because the damage and wear on a roof is very hard to see (unless you’re a giant). I mean — it’s far beyond eye level and unless you intentionally go up there as far as you know everything is fine.
However, you have to think, your roof takes a daily hit from sun, wind and extreme weather conditions. It should be a priority when it comes to maintaining your property assets.
Weather can sometimes be intense. Our roofs are exposed to hail, extreme heat, and forceful winds. The constant exposure to the elements gradually weakens your roof.
Roof algae can also cause long-term harm, as well as forming those unsightly black streaks. If you ignore the subtle signs of damage to your roof, it could lead to permanent issues, which will be super expensive to fix.
Calling on a certified roofing contractor to inspect your roof is a smart idea. They’ll be able to identify early signs of damage and give you maintenance recommendations.
There are numerous roof restoration companies who can provide advice on all things roofing, however, you may be curious if you should repair your roof or not. Talking to a roofing contractor is a good first step, and considering the following:
Older or poorly maintained roofs are susceptible to leaking. A hole in your roof can lead to water damage to your walls, which could cost many thousands to repair.
But there’s also your family’s health to consider. Leaks can lead to mildews and molds, which can have a drastic impact on the wellbeing of your family. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Repairing the leaks as they appear is a short-term solution. It may cost more to seal your roof and restore its integrity initially, but you’ll avoid future leaks and damage, which makes it worthwhile.
A roof repair could actually pay for itself. How you ask? Well, if you consider that breaks to the integrity of your roof reduce the energy efficiency of your house, sealing it makes financial sense.
A home that is energy efficient will cut down on the need to have extra heating or air conditioning!
Another financial consideration is the overall value of your property. When it comes to selling your home, prospective buyers will want to know what material your roof is made from and if there is any damage or leaking.
You’ll want to be able to supply them with documentation that shows you’ve had the roof maintained by a certified roofing contractor.
A freshly painted roof or a tiled roof that is clean and looks well maintained affects the aesthetics of your house. This can literally translate into you achieving a better sale price for your property.
You’ll likely sell more quickly too. It’s called “curb appeal” guys. When prospective buyers drive past your home one look at the roof will give them a sense of the overall state of the house.
You want their first impression of your home to be that it’s well maintained – both inside and out!
If you have a newer property, your roof likely has a warranty provided by the roofing contractor, and it covers the materials used in the construction of the roof.
The roofing manufacturer may have clauses in the warranty that requires the homeowner to have professional inspections performed regularly. If you can’t prove, your roof’s been correctly maintained your warranty may be invalid when you really need it.
And finally, there’s the hassle factor. If you stay ahead of roof problems by maintaining it correctly, you’ll avoid significant damage and headaches.
Replacing portions of your roof, or your entire roof is costly and time-consuming.
Prevention is always a smarter (and cheaper) way to go!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.