The roof of your home is a big investment that you’ll want to get the most out of before having to replace it. Luckily, a properly installed and well-maintained roof can last 20 years or more depending on the type of materials used. To make sure you don’t prematurely replace your roof (or wait too long), here’s a quick roofing guide you should follow.
A homeowner should give their roof an extensive inspection at least once per year (also after harsh storms). You can grab a pair of binoculars, stand on a ladder, or examine from a clear vantage point. Look for signs of wear on the shingles, eaves of the roof, flashing, and look out for any sagging areas. Be sure to also head up to your attic to look for any holes, cracks, wet spots, or mold that could suggest a roof leak.
When damage on your roof is discovered it should be repaired immediately. Allowing damaged (or missing) shingles and flashing to exist will increase your roof’s chances of developing leaks and weakening the structure of the sheathing underneath. Small repairs like replacing a missing shingle can be done by the homeowner, just make sure it is installed properly. However, larger repairs like flashing replacement should be left to the professionals.
Eventually, roof repairs won’t cut it and it’ll be time to replace the entire roof. For those with asphalt roofs looking to save some money, it’s possible to have your current roof re-roofed with new materials. However, this isn’t always the best option as you will be forced to keep your current flashing, which is something that needs to be in perfect condition or else you’ll experience roof leaks. In order to have a roof you can count on, opt for a full replacement when the time comes.
Staying on top of roof maintenance and repairs will help you prolong the life of your roof, saving you money in the long run. When you need your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.