One of the most neglected parts of a home is the roof. Throughout the year, it is easy to maintain things like your landscape, plumbing, and HVAC. Many of these types of issues are more visible and accessible to homeowners. Changing air filters regularly, fixing a leaky faucet, repairing drainage problems around the home are all somewhat easy areas to maintain. Ask many people how to identify issues with their roof, and you'll be surprised how much the roof is an afterthought.
Roofing Maintenance Should Be Proactive, Not Reactive
Many times homeowners become reactive to roofing problems by dealing with issues after they occur. For example, one day, you notice a small damp spot on the ceiling in the bathroom. Your first thought is there must be a leak. By the time a leak has made itself visible, the water has run under the shingles, down the underlayment, in the attic, causing damage wherever it passes.
When we are proactive with our roof maintenance, many of these leaks which develop can be prevented. If, after every storm or once a month, you walk around your home and analyze a few things, you can help the life of your roof tremendously. First, begin by looking at your gutters to make sure everything seems intact. Second, check the fascia the gutters attach too. Next, look at the soffit, which is the undersurface of the roof's eave that overhangs from the house. From the ground level, see if you notice any visibly damaged or missing shingles. A lot of times after a bad storm, shingle damage can be spotted without having to get onto the roof. Lastly, if you have a ladder, use it to climb higher for a better vantage point. Without climbing on the roof, see if you notice any further damages like bent flashing, damaged vent stacks, etc.
Three Reasons Why Roof Maintenance Is Important
Savings - Did you know that homeowners who are reactive with their maintenance end up paying 44% more in repairs over a given period than those who are proactive. Based on data pulled from analysts with Reed Construction, repairs from a reactive maintenance plan will cost 25 cents per square foot versus 11 cents for those who are proactive during that same period.
The Complexity of Repairs - Small issues that are caught early on typically lead to necessary repairs that can be done without much interruption to a homeowner. When small issues turn to significant problems over time, the type of repairs could become so complicated that they actually require a homeowner to relocate during the construction process. This can become particularly problematic for commercial properties who rely on their business operations daily out of that building.
Warranty Requirements - Your roof warranty may require that regular maintenance is performed. Failing to follow the steps outlined in your warranty could put it at risk. Take time to read and understand your roofing warranty in its entirety.
Choose a Roofing Contractor You Can Trust
For over 20 years, B&C Exteriors has been a trusted name in the roofing industry throughout Texas. Based out of Grandview but they serve much of North and East Texas as well as parts of Oklahoma. When you have a problem with your roof, pick up the phone and call B&C today. They also can perform regularly scheduled maintenance to help keep your roof repairs proactive.