Roof Life Expectancy:
In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roof life expectancy. We will also go over how routine maintenance leads to a healthier roof and increases roof life expectancy as well.
Why The Roof?
While roof life expectancy may be the last thing on a homeowner’s mind, let us assure you it is as important as any other home renovation project. Not matter how one sees it, roof life expectancy is dependent on proper maintenance of your roof. Our team emphasizes on the fact that your roof affects the value of your home. It also adds curb appeal to your home.
Our team advises that before any home improvement project is initiated, a roof inspection should be performed. During a typical roof inspection a professional roof consultant will examine the roof. He/she will also examine skylights, rooftop units and any parapits. In our experience, one of the main reasons roofs fail prematurely is due to neglecting the roof. In addition, failure to perform routine inspections that can save money in the long run is also a factor.
If hiring an inspector is proving to be difficult, do a self-inspection, our team suggests. Doing a self-inspection of your roof once a year is the best way to prevent any problems from appearing or getting worse. A self-inspection should be done regularly to determine if your roofing contractor should come out. Our team suggests that these inspections can be done safely from the ground with binoculars.
Immediate Attention List:
Our team has diligently created a list for homeowners. This will help them in quickly identifying trouble areas and will help in increasing roof life expectancy. These are as follows:
- Missing or broken shingles.
- Any moss or algae growing, this means your shingles are rotting.
- Shingles that are curling, buckling and blistering.
- Rust spots in you’re flashing or cracked caulk.
- Cracked rubber boots and vent pipes.
- Damaged chimney cap.
What To Do!
Our team advises that the most important thing to do is not panic. Contact a local roofing professional immediately if you see any of above mentioned items. It is easy to identify above mentioned things with a self-inspection. A professional will be able to give you a quote for repairs and roof replacement. A professional will also be able to perform small repairs immediately. Most importantly, a roofing professional will be able to tell you whether or not it’s a better investment to replace your roof or repair it. That is a important decision if you are looking to extend roof life expectancy.Here is a post we did earlier for more information.