Over time all elements of the home can diminish with age, but with the excessive exposure to outdoor elements the roof is at the greatest risk. It is important to practice regular roof maintenance for the benefit of your home, for maintaining a quality warranty, and for many other reasons:
You can avoid damage to your home, and the costly repairs from that damage.
Improves energy-efficiency, leading to cost savings.
Maintained appearance of your home.
Your family stays healthier due to the improved internal conditions of your home.
Your roof is most likely not completely waterproof, and with every passing year there is aging that could lead to water damage, moisture entering the home and further eventual long-term consequences. Water that may enter the home can damage attics, insulation, and more, leading to potential mold acquisition and unhealthy air. That means many higher-cost repairs down the road.
So, one of the simplest things to take a look at is whether or not you have shingles curling or peeling. Especially, if there have been storms recently it may be worth a look to see if any shingles have been removed or damaged in order to make sure whether the base of the roofing is being exposed. Be sure to take care of this maintenance on the front end, because your warranty may not cover internal damages that would occur as a result of water or other leaks entering the home.
It is also important to remember that complete replacement of a roof may not be covered under many home warranties. With costs of up to $12,000 for a full roof replacement, it is more important to continue regular maintenance over time than allow such a large element of the home to fall apart.
Some key items to roof maintenance include:
Regular roof inspections. Checking for broken shingles or others as well as for fungus, algae or rust are important on current and future roof performance.
Remove debris from your roof including leaves, twigs and more. These can increase algae or wood rot which in turn speed up the wear and aging on your roof.
Inspect and repair seals, joints and flashing. Keep an eye out for bending or punctures, and possibly dried or loose sealant.
There can be warning signs of wear, including small leaks. It is important to repair all of these ASAP, even if it seems expensive. It’s always better to take care of the smaller things before they increase and become more expensive.
Clean your gutters. Though definitely not fun, this simple process can help remove a great deal of that debris that can break down your roof more quickly.
In the winter, make sure to remove snow. As it collects there is a chance of roof collapse.
Install efficient attic insulation and ventilation. Proper insulation can help prevent water damage and further long-term damage. Make sure that everything remains up-to-date in order to provide the best protection.
Avoid power washing your roof. While it’s important to clean off the debris, the pressure of power washing can easily damage shingles or seals.
As you can see, it is important to the value of your home to maintain your roof regularly. Roof repairs or replacement may not be covered; check the key points of your warranty. With all of this in line, roof maintenance will protect the interior of your home, its value and the long-term duration of your roof, while saving cost in the end.