Your roof may be out of sight on a daily basis because you don’t think to go outside to run regular roof inspections, but don’t let it be completely out of mind. Making sure your roof stays well-maintained is one of the secrets to having a long-lasting and healthy roof structure and shingles.
Water is One of Your Biggest Enemies
It seems harmless. I mean, what about rain? If your roof has a good sealant system, it doesn’t seem like water would be such a big deal, but the truth is that water is a silent enemy. Over time, it can damage your roof and cause huge issues.
Water that tends to “pond” or stand on your roof is definitely a sign of a severe problem. Common causes for ponding and standing ran are debris build-up to improper drainage from the gutter system or HVAC units. Regular inspections can help minimize this issue.
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When something punctures or penetrates your roofing material, it may as well spell “PROBLEM” all over your roof. Sealant and flashing around penetrations that were added after the roofing was completed need to be looked at regularly.
These types of things would include your vents for household appliances and your HVAC unit. Hail and wind also causes issues after a while, so inspecting your roof after each and every large storm is VERY important for the health of your roof.
Lack of Maintenance
One of the biggest quick killers for a roof? A lack of regular maintenance. A common misperception is that a roof is just going to survive and be fine and last as long the common lifespan for whatever type of roof it is without the proper care and maintenance. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A roof is a lot like you and me in terms of needing regular check-ups on key elements of its constitution. Think of your roofing contractor like a doctor for your roof. Catching problems early means a longer roof life, which means you save money in the long run!
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your roof checked out and you feel like your roof falls into the category of “out of sight, out of mind” more often than it should, consider calling a certified roofing contractor to take a look and make any necessary repairs.
Keep Your Guard Up!
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