If you own a home, you’re probably well aware that roofs can be expensive – especially if they need repairs. You’re also probably looking for any way to cut down on those costs and avoid needing those pricey repairs. You may have heard that performing roof maintenance can be important for the health of your roof, but can roof maintenance really save you money? The short answer is: yes, performing roof maintenance will absolutely save you money in the long run.
What Is Roof Maintenance? What Is Included in Roof Maintenance?
Roof maintenance is general, regular maintenance of your roof which will prevent damage from occurring and improve the roof’s lifespan. Roof maintenance includes:
- Checking the Shingles: Whether you use a ladder or a drone, checking the shingles for signs of damage is an important part of maintenance. Signs of damage include curling, cracked, or missing shingles, as well as shingles that are missing granules.
- Checking the Exterior Structures: Skylights, pipes, vents, and chimneys are all roof components that should be checked for damage while performing roof maintenance. Signs of damage or advanced age include rust, rot, peeling paint, and bent, missing, or sagging parts.
- Cleaning the Gutters: Making sure your gutters are clear of debris will prevent water build-up, which can lead to leaks and water damage.
- Trimming Overhanging Branches: If there are any trees in your yard, it’s important to trim the branches that hang over your roof. In the event of a storm, these branches could break off and damage your roof. In addition, they could drop leaves onto your roof, which over time could cause rot damage to your shingles.
How Important Is Roof Maintenance? How Often Does a Roof Need Maintenance?
Roof maintenance is very important for extending the lifespan of your roof and preventing severe damage from occurring. Catching an issue with your roof early can prevent it from spiraling into an even larger – and more expensive – problem. In addition, performing maintenance can prevent issues from occurring in the first place.
Ideally, roof maintenance should be performed about twice a year. However, a more realistic recommendation is to perform roof maintenance once a year in the autumn.
What Happens If You Don’t Get Your Roof Fixed?
If your roof is already damaged, ignoring it can be dangerous. Your roof is an integral part of your house’s health and safety, and ignoring even small issues can cause them to snowball into much bigger problems.
Even if your roof is currently in good condition, ignoring roof maintenance is not a good option. Problems may arise that aren’t obvious from an initial glance. Fixing these small issues before they have a chance to cause trouble will save you money in the long run.
Get A Roofing Maintenance Estimate
Another important part of roof maintenance is getting your roof inspected. Inspecting your roof yourself to save money is tempting, but roofers will be able to spot problems that may be difficult to see, and it’s much safer to leave the physical work to the professionals. Call Roofstar Arizona now to get an estimate for an inspection at (480) 426-1915 now. We’ll tell you the truth about your roof!