The person who came up with the saying “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” wasn’t likely referring to roofing care. Residential and commercial roofing require a proactive approach to roof maintenance if you want to avoid problems such as leaks and severe storm damage. In this blog, roof repair experts Wortham Bros, Inc. discuss the reasons why you should keep a close eye on your roof.
Extend Your Roof’s Service Life
Roofs are subjected to wear and tear from the elements, which means replacements are only inevitable. But it doesn’t mean you should just forget about it until rainwater starts leaking into your indoor spaces. A typical asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 years, but without maintenance, its life span can be shortened by as much as half. The more often you replace the roof, the higher its lifetime cost will be. The cost of regular maintenance and timely repairs, when added up, will only be a portion of that cost.
Avoid Structural Damage
The damage caused by roof leaks go beyond dripping ceilings. They can weaken the roof’s structural components and result in permanent damage. In most cases, the roof will need to be completely rebuilt. Other components attached to the roof will also have to be replaced, therefore you may need to allocate budget for gutter replacement, in addition to the roof itself.
Preserve the Building’s Interior
Neglecting your roof puts your valuables at risk: rare books, art your home entertainment system. If you have a commercial property, it would risk more than just carpeting and decor. It would risk damage to server systems, computers and original documents. Preventing leaks from happening in the first place helps keep your assets safe.
Avoid Voiding Your Roofing Warranty
Modern roofing system have limited warranties that explicitly state lack of maintenance as one of its exclusions. This means your roofing warranty can be voided if you can’t provide proof that you have been keeping up with your roof’s maintenance. In addition to an active warranty, a well-maintained roof will more likely have better insurance coverage.
Wortham Bros, Inc. is your leading provider of roofing and siding replacement services. Give us a call at (972) 960-3135 and (972) 960-3135. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.