The Keys to Roof Longevity


Your roof is the most important part of your home. Keeping it in good repair can prevent a host of other problems with your foundation, siding and windows. Your roof requires maintenance, repair and eventual replacement to protect your home from the elements.

Maintenance
The best way to preserve your roof is through preventative maintenance. It is a good idea to have a roofing contractor inspect your roof at least once per year to make sure that small problems are remedied before they become major repairs.

Many roofing companies offer subscription-style maintenance plans that include inspections and proactive repairs and cleanings. For a reasonable annual fee, your roofer will clean the gutters, inspect the sealants and flashing around vents and other penetrations, and report on the condition of your shingles.

Annual preventative maintenance can extend the serviceable life of your roof and save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your roof, plus you’ll have the advantage of having an established relationship with a trusted roofing company should a storm damage your roof.

Repair
Discovering a leak does not necessarily mean that you have to replace your roof, but the longer you put off the repair, the more extensive the damage can become. Most often, the sealant or flashing around a vent, skylight or chimney is the problem. These types of repairs are common, and they are no big deal to experienced roofing contractors like Cherry & Clark.

If you notice a problem with your roof, it is important to have it repaired right away. Even minor problems like a few missing shingles can become major problems if repairs are put off.

In the event that your roof is damaged during a storm, contact your roofer and your homeowners’ insurance company. Repairing a storm-damaged roof is critical to preventing further damage to your home, and getting started on the claim as soon as possible ensures that your roof repair is not delayed by paperwork requirements.

Replacement
Most homeowners will have to replace their roof at least once. If you have established a relationship with a professional roofer through faithful yearly maintenance, you will be given plenty of time to prepare for that expense.

The cost of roof replacement varies with the shape of your roof, the types of shingles you choose and the level of upkeep the roof has received. A roof that has been neglected to the point of rotten decking and sagging trusses will cost significantly more to replace than one that only needs to have worn out shingles replaced.

Going Forward
It’s always a good time to begin a maintenance schedule for your roof. Contacting a reliable roofer for maintenance and repairs can delay your need for a new roof by several years.