How often do you think about your roof and its condition? Daily? Yearly? Maybe only when something goes wrong with it?
Maybe only when something goes wrong with it?
Even though the roof vital to a building’s integrity, most people don’t think about their roof until a disaster such as hail, damage from high winds, and simple neglect strikes.
By then, small issues, wear and tear, and age has had time to build up, and what could have been a simple repair becomes much more costly.
A lot of these problems can be avoided, or caught before they get worse, with regular preventative maintenance. While it may seem costly at first, in the long run it’s a worthwhile investment in the life of your property. Here’s why.
It Catches Problems Before They Get Worse
One important aspect of preventative maintenance for your roof is yearly inspections. Having your roof inspected periodically will allow you to catch a myriad of problems early on: storm damage, loose components, and animal damage are just a few examples.
Being able to repair these issues early can help prevent excessive water damage to your property, reducing the likelihood of structural damage. Not only that, but it can also help catch structural issues before they get worse. A sagging roof that hasn’t suffered much damage can be a tell-tale sign of issues elsewhere, for example.
Including repairs and replacements of roofing components in your yearly inspections is a great idea, as well. By replacing tiles, fittings, and vents when they show signs of wear helps your roof work the way it should for decades, instead of years.
Another thing yearly inspections can catch early is outside environmental issues that can cause your roof to fail early. Constant, excessive water run-off from a tree could cause issues, or the branches could damage components or knock them loose.
It Saves Money
Replacing an entire roof can be a costly endeavor, to be sure. What about all the water that’s seeped into your wood and down between your walls from a leaky roof?
Replacing structural wood that’s rotten away and redoing walls, insulation, and wiring that’s been damaged can cost you a pretty penny as well. Mold and mildew can also grow in the damp conditions, adding not only the cost of mold removal to your bill, but people’s health as well.
Let’s not forget about the personal effects and items that can be destroyed if there’s a roof-related disaster. Whether it’s a family’s belongings or a business’s stock, that’s going to cost a pretty penny to replace.
Having preventative maintenance done on your roof regularly can help you avoid these larger costs. It can also help ratchet down the costs of natural disaster-related repairs.
On a solid, well-maintained roof, hail will probably damage a few tiles and some vents, and be done. On a roof that’s structurally unsound, the impacts could cause weakened spots to cave in, and guess who needs a new roof?
It Improves Safety
Let’s face it, no one wants part of a building falling down on them. While you may think this isn’t that big of a risk, you’d be wrong. Even if your roof only has a small leak, consistent water damage can weaken wood and walls over time.
This can cause the disintegration of ceilings, walls, and floors over time. Eventually, the right amount of weight in the wrong spot can send parts of the building crashing down on whatever’s underneath of it, resulting in disaster.
There’s an electrical hazard to leaky, damaged roofs as well. Dampness can cause rust and corrosion on metal components in your electrical system, which can loosen connections and cause shorts. Let’s not forget the fact that water and electricity don’t play well together!
As mentioned earlier, the mold and mildew that can form from dampness caused by roof leaks are also hazardous to people’s health. It can cause respiratory issues, headaches, and a whole host of other illnesses, so this is something that’s best to avoid if at all possible.
For commercial properties, puddles left by leaky roofs present slip and fall hazards to your customers and employees.
Regular preventative maintenance for your roof is also good for the environment itself.
A roof that is sound and works properly will help keep your home tight and energy efficient, which means you’ll be consuming less electricity trying to keep your home either warm or cool, depending on the season.
There’s also the materials used in your property’s construction to consider. The longer they last and the less often you have to replace them, the less money you spend. Your walls will stand strong, your insulation will do its job, and you’ll consume fewer resources replacing things that should have lasted for years.
Having a sound roof will also make it easier to upgrade to options that are more eco-friendly in the future, such as solar panels or a tiling system made of different materials.
Are You Putting Off Preventative Maintenance?
When you think about it, how is your roof any different from your car, your HVAC system, or your health?
Regular oil changes, brake work, car tune-ups, furnace and AC service checks, and annual health check-ups are all things that people do every day. Yearly inspections and preventative maintenance on your roof are no different.
If you’re still not sure if you want to add another expense to your budget, price out how much it will cost you to get a new roof, and even a new building. Which is going to end up costing you more time, heartache, and money over the course of several years?
In the long run, regular maintenance can not only save your budget, but it can give you peace of mind. How much is your family’s or business’s safety and security worth to you?
If it’s been a while since you’ve had anything done with your roof, we can help. Set up a free inspection with us, and together we’ll ensure your roof stays in the best shape possible for years to come.