It’s no secret, when you keep something well maintained, you avoid the high costs of neglect while ensuring your investments stay in good condition and working order. We see this everyday in the maintenance of our cars, computers, even ourselves, but we don’t really think about our roofs until there is a problem, and when it comes to roof problems, the poorly maintained roofs almost always result in much higher costs than their well maintained counterparts.
Roofs Are Constantly At War With Mother Nature
Protecting your home from the elements is no easy task, your roof is constantly being worn down as it ages, from rain, heat, cold, hail, wind, you name it, resulting in all kinds of damage, both large and small, over the course of it’s life. The only way to fight it, is with regular maintenance and inspections.
It’s not rocket science. Keeping your roof and gutters free and clear of debris, all the time and having regular roof inspections by a qualified roof contractor is all that is needed to keep your roof in shape for years to come.
Studies show that improperly maintained roofs last only half of their expected service life. HALF. Why? Because full gutters and roofs cluttered with debris can cause leaks and those little leaks can become big leaks, especially if not addressed quickly. Even a single crooked shingle could indicate much deeper damage if it’s neglected and could even cost you your whole roof investment.
Don’t Count On Warranties Or Even Insurance If You Neglect Your Roof And Have A Problem
“But I have a warranty!” you say. That’s nice, but don’t assume that a warranty will help if you aren’t maintaining your roof regularly.
Almost all warranties specifically state the the warranty is void if the roof is not maintained. After all, manufacturers aren’t responsible for upkeep and certainly won’t pay for your neglect. If you cannot show the roof has properly maintained, your claim will likely be denied and you could be responsible for all repairs, even if the problem results from an otherwise covered issue!
Regular Roof Maintenance Is Key To A Healthy Roof
Keeping your roof and gutters clear of debris is critical. You should also have your roof professionally inspected at least once a year (twice for businesses), to check for damage or other irregularities.
Checking after storms or other significant weather events is also recommended, paying attention to even the smallest problems. You can do this yourself if you know what you are doing but it is highly recommended to get a professional roof contractor who can catch details and damage you may miss as well as give you official documentation in case your insurance company or material manufacturer asks for it.
Even if you’ve gotten behind on roof maintenance or you’ve never had it done professionally, it’s not too late! Call your local roof contractor today and help yourself get the most out of your roof.
In Metro Atlanta, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at (770) 419-2222 to schedule your inspection today and put together a sensible maintenance/inspection schedule that will help you enjoy your roof for years to come!