The roof on your home is one of it's more critical structures. It is what protects everything inside from water and debris. It is also one of the most vulnerable structures on the home. It is constantly exposed to rain, snow, ice, and blistering hot temperatures. If your roof is going to reach its maximum lifespan, it must be cared for properly.
This means knowing a few of the common myths about roof care and maintenance.
Myth 1: If You Have a Modern Roof You Don't Need To Worry About Maintenance
Thanks to recent technology in roof application and materials, modern roofs are more durable. They are also easier to install. However, this does not mean that modern roofs are maintenance free. Many homeowners are forced to replace their roofs before they reach their maximum lifespan because they didn't follow a roof maintenance schedule. Your roofing contractor will tell you that if you maintain your roof regularly, you can almost double its life expectancy. Roof installation is expensive. It is better to protect your investment by having the roof maintained every year. If you stick to a regular maintenance schedule can save you thousands of dollars.
Myth 2: Roof Issues Will Be Covered by the Material Warranty
Many homeowners believe that any issue with the roof during the warranty period will be covered. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The materials warranty covers only material defects, which accounts for only about one percent of roof failures. The most common reasons for roof failure include severe weather, poor installation, and lack of maintenance. Each of these issues would not be covered under the material warranty. When your roof is installed, you should go over the warranty carefully so that you understand what is covered under your warranty and what isn't.
Myth 3: Roof Maintenance Is Optional
Many homeowners believe that they don't need to worry about roof maintenance for years after having it installed. They think that the roof won't require support until it has been exposed to the elements for a few years. This belief is wrong. It is essential that you have your roof maintained every year from the time that it is installed. For your warranty to remain valid, your roof must have been maintained every year, and you would need the paperwork to prove it. Also, avoiding regular inspections and maintenance will decrease the overall lifespan of the roof. It is vital for the life of your roof that your roofing contractor inspects your roof and maintains it every year.
Understanding the common myths about roof maintenance is necessary if you are going to get the maximum life out of your roof. To schedule your annual maintenance check or if you have any questions regarding roof maintenance, the professionals at B&C Exteriors Inc. will be more than happy to help. Since the roof on your home is one of its most important structures, you should know how to care for it properly.