During our annual checkups, our doctors tell us that flu shots, vaccinations, and physicals are important. Taking preventative care is just as important for our health as it is for the roof of our home. Keeping your roof in peak condition requires regular maintenance just like maintaining the health of your body. Here are five reasons why you must perform regular roof maintenance.
#1 KEEPING YOUR ROOF MAINTAINED WILL INCREASE ITS LIFESPAN
Maintaining your roof extends its life and protects your investment in your home, which is why you should take extra care to maintain it. Think of it like a flu shot. The process doesn't take long, but you're protected for the whole season, and you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with it. Regular roof maintenance makes your roof last longer before it needs replacing, so your money goes a lot further.
#2 THE RIGHT ROOF MAINTENANCE ENSURES YOUR FAMILY'S SAFETY
The roof of your home is what protects your family from the elements. It's important to maintain that barrier to protect your family from obvious dangers like weather events, falling tree branches, and excess moisture that can cause mold - and to protect your family from less obvious dangers that keep them healthy, safe, and warm. For instance, regular roof maintenance such as an insulation inspection will ensure your home retains heat, preventing energy waste and saving you money.
#3 ROOF MAINTENANCE KEEPS YOUR HOUSE SAFE
Your home’s roof not only protects the contents of your home, but it also acts as a layer of defense for the elements of the structure itself. If your roof is well-maintained, you’re also maintaining the supporting beams, the rafters, the walls and the foundation, which keeps your home safer and extends its life. If the roof were to fail due to neglect or skipped maintenance tasks, it would put the rest of your home at risk.
#4 REGULAR ROOF MAINTENANCE SAVES YOU MONEY
Regular roof maintenance year after year will actually save you money over the course of your roof’s life. This isn’t just because maintenance extends the life of your roof. It’s also because the cost of maintenance or small repairs is less when problems are detected early. They only get seriously expensive when significant damage has occurred when a problem is left too long.
For example, if you notice ice dams forming on your roof in the winter, but don’t perform the small maintenance tasks of insulating and ventilating your roof, that small repair could turn into a big one when your roof starts leaking and causes water damage. Preventative care for your roof will pay off in the long run when you save yourself the expense of serious repairs or early roof replacement.
#5 ROOF MAINTENANCE PROTECTS YOUR HOME’S VALUE
A well-maintained roof not only looks and performs better, it also sustains your home’s value. Better curb appeal alone will fetch a better price when you decide to sell your home, but regular roof maintenance makes your home more valuable to a buyer, who can trust its quality and protective ability.
REGULAR ROOF MAINTENANCE TASKS
These roof maintenance tasks should be completed annually by a professional roofer to check for damage and assess your roof’s condition and performance:
Examine the roof for stains, peeling, or missing shingles
Inspect pipe boots for cracks or damage
Check for evidence of pests or animals
Remove debris from roof and gutters
Make sure roof ventilation is working properly
Inspect flashing and caulking for potential leaks
Sweep and inspect the chimney
Regular roof maintenance makes the difference between an expensive, leaking, eyesore, and a protective, attractive barrier on your home. Completing the necessary tasks every year will ensure your roof lasts a long time and continues to perform at optimal efficiency.
If it’s time to get your roof checked and regular roof maintenance completed, don’t put it off. Schedule your roof maintenance with your local roofing company to make sure your roof is in good condition and protect your home and your family the way it should. If it’s been some time since your roof has had an inspection or any upkeep, talk to APD Roofing team.
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