The roof on your home is a key component to its overall structure, and its value. Proper maintenance can help maintain the roof’s structural integrity while maximizing the value of your home.
The lifespan of a typical roof can last between 15 and 20 years. However, over that time it requires roof inspections to ensure it is operating properly. Having the roof inspected by a roofing professional is affordably priced, and will offer significant benefits to the homeowner and the home. A proper roof inspection will determine if it requires maintenance, to ensure it operates properly.
Short-term maintenance on the home’s roof can save the homeowner the high cost of a full roof replacement long before its warranty has expired. In addition, it can help save the home from structural damage that could cost significantly to repair.
Part of the inspection includes looking for nails that have popped up from the roofing system. Any missing or loose nail will need to be replaced. Any missing shingle will need to be replaced also, to ensure that the home is protected from water damage. In the event that water damage has already happened, there may be additional repairs needed to prevent any further problems.
The flashing that surrounds the chimney and other roof penetrations needs to be in proper working condition. As the home ages, the hot days of summer expand the caulking and other sealants. During the winter months the same caulking and sealing contracts. Over time, this can open up the area and allow water to penetrate behind the flashing, into the attic, and eventually into the home. As a result, part of the repair process might require re-caulking an additional sealant around the chimney flashing and other pop-ups in the roofing system.
A Full Replacement
At some time in the future, the entire roofing system will become aged, worn-out and in need of a full replacement. In addition, there may be significant damage to the roof caused by storms, winds, or the outdoor elements. Whatever reason, a full replacement is a costly venture, but one that can add significant value to the home, while providing complete protection against wind and rain.
When it becomes time for a full replacement of the entire roofing system, it is best to seek at least two or three quotes from competent reputable license roofers. Part of the estimate should include the types of materials that will be used, and the extent of the warranties involved.
Typically, a whole roof replacement can be accomplished in one or two days. The roof will generally tear off the entire existing roof coverings including shingles or tiles, and the felt below. They will thoroughly inspect the roofing surface to ensure it is in proper condition, and replace any existing boards that are rotted, damaged or missing.
Before choosing a roofing company to do any work on the home’s roofing system, it’s important to check their references and their license. Be sure that they are highly qualified, carry the right liability insurance, and can do the job right.