Maximizing Your Roof’s Lifespan

Maximizing Your Roof’s LifespanMany people underestimate the significance and value of a quality roof, as well as proper maintenance that should be applied for prolonging the life of your roof.

A roof is typically made out of either asphalt or tile materials, dependent upon the age and techniques used to build your home. Unfortunately, many people do not even know what their roof is made of, nor what reasonable levels of maintenance would consist of.

Knowing Your Roof

Your roof is designed to keep you and your home dry, first and foremost. However, over the years your roof, like the rest of your house, slowly faces erosion, deterioration, and falls victim to natural environmental factors, such as weathering and natural disasters.

In places where severe weather is common, such as thunderstorms, hurricanes or tornadoes it’s very important to follow up with a professional roofer post-incident, regardless if you believe or can see any physical damage done to your roof. Roofing costs don’t have to be astronomical for repairs or maintenance, but an unmaintained roof can easily run a homeowner into the thousands of dollars faster than you know it when it comes to inadequate maintenance.

Although it’s often looked past, cleaning the gutters in your roof, as taught by any credible roofer to clients, is essential to maintaining and prolonging the life of your roof. That is, without a clean gutter, you risk water flooding and repositioning to destroy your tiles slowly, as the water has nowhere left to run.

How to Make it Work For You

If you’re considering reconstruction of your roof, or repair, it’s worth taking into consideration the much higher lifespan and strength of tile roofing as opposed to the run of the mil asphalt roofing and tiles. Although the initial roofing cost may be expensive to upgrade or repair your roof with more sturdy materials, it’s an investment for you and your home in the long run.

However, like many other substantial responsibilities in your life, such as vehicle maintenance, finding a credible roofer and zeroing in on practical roofing costs can be a hassle.

Ultimately, it is up to you to perform your due diligence in ensuring you’re dealing with a credible roofer, and roofing company. Homeowners should be weary and hesitant to rely on run-of-the-mill or contract roofers without a strong reputation or official business label and location, as often used materials might be applied, ‘hack work’ might become prevalent, and that “cheaper” cost you achieved might cost you more in the long run.

While there are many roofing-material options, a professional roofer can better help a homeowner understand what materials are most practical and appropriate per the environment in which you live, in efforts to preserve and prolong the life of your new roof and its materials.

Even when using premium-tile roofing shingles, there are still natural elements to lookout for that can wear away, destroy, and even cause flooding if given the right circumstances—so invest reasonably in your roofing materials, perform regular maintenance, and count on a reliable, professional, and credible roofer to minimize roofing costs in the long run.

Image credit: Richard Martinez

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