It's not uncommon for homeowners to forget about their roofing system . As the years pass without problems roofs are often taken for granted that it's going perform as it should. However, if little problems aren't taken care of it could result in expensive repairs.
Keeping your roof in mind and knowing what to look for are essential to getting the most out of your roofing system.
Preventative roof maintenance is vital because:
- it extends the life of your roofing system.
- discourages prematurely replacing the entire roof.
- it allows you to find problems that can be easily fixed before you find water damage inside your home.
Why is it so important to stay on top of roof repairs?
Damage – Roofing problems often start out small and become more severe over time. The longer you wait to get the repairs that you need, the more damage you are likely have on your hands when you do call for help.
Cost – Smaller repairs are easier and more affordable to take care of then bigger repairs. If you get roofing repairs at the first sign of trouble, you’ll often end up saving money in the long run.
How to safely keep up with your roof?
#1. Keep an eye on your roof.
Shingles that are lifting:
These stand out and are very easy to see from the ground. Shingles that are lifting from the asphalt strip are likely going to be the 1st to blow off when strong winds find our area. When you find blown off shingles, you'll also find that the time line towards water damage has escalated.
Shingles that are curling:
Curling shingles are also very easy to see from the ground. If you're seeing a few curling shingles on your roof it's likely that your roofing system is nearing the end of it's life. However, it's better to replace a few shingles here and there than to ignore the problem all together. Perhaps it's possible to limp your roof along until you can budget a re-roof.
Allowing leaves to build up in valleys and not removing them keeps the valley shingles wet through out the day. It's a perfect recipe for algae to take off and begin degrading the shingles at a much faster rate. Simply removing the leaves and allowing the shingles to dry throughout the day will greatly improve the life of your roofing system.
Knowing the approximate age of your roof:
If we know approximately how old your roof system is we can generally begin to pre-diagnos common areas that we can expect to see problems.
Around the 12-20 year mark we begin to see that the plumbing boots around bathroom vents begin to degrade and become prime areas for water to find its way into the home.
This is a very easy and inexpensive fix if caught early. Otherwise it could result in calling your homeowners insurance claim department.
#2. Schedule regular roofing inspections.
The easiest way to to enlist the help of a professional and allow us to walk your roof and perform a roof evaluation. We know where to look to find the small issues before they become big problems.
It's best to schedule roofing inspections early in the year and prepare for the ups and downs of Fort Wayne, Indiana weather patterns. Your roof has been keeping your home dry throughout all the freezing and thawing this past winter.
If water found a way in and was able to freeze it likely opened up the weak area even more. So, it's important the weak areas quickly before it becomes worse.
#3. Don’t put off roof repairs when you need them.
The biggest take away is to simply not procrastinate. If you believe that your roof system needs a professional to evaluate and diagnose your roofing system don't wait. The next heavy wind or rainstorm could be the one that takes an inexpensive repair to a costly problem.
Enlist A and B Construction for prompt roof repairs
When you see a problem with your roofing system turn to professional roofers who spent the last 33 years protecting homes in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.
Contact us today to schedule your free roof evaluation!