Roofing Maintenance Tips: When Is It Time for a Replacement?


The roof of a building is expected to withstand considerable abuse during its lifetime, from elements such as rain, hail, snow, fallen branches, and scalding temperatures. While a roofing structure is built to withstand these elements, at some point the roof can become damaged or could break down completely. Performing regular roofing maintenance will help a building owner get the most out of an existing roof, but at some point it will be time for a new roof. Do not make the mistake of keeping a shoddy roof for longer than it needs to be kept. Instead, install a new roof that will:

Eliminate the need for repairs

When hiring a roofing company to inspect the structure and provide roofing maintenance, the building owner is extending its lifespan. One of the most common repairs that building owners have to pay for is the removal of leaks. When a roof has a leak, it allows water and mold to accumulate within the structure. Retail and business owners also recognize that a leaky roof could leave the business susceptible to costly lawsuits due to the threat of slip-and-fall accidents. Roofing companies are also hired to replace shingles or repair areas of the roof that have decayed over time. Over time the cost of repairs will keep adding up until it becomes more cost effective to have a new roof installed instead. A replacement roof installed by a competent contractor will not require repairs for several years.

Be covered under a warranty

A roofing structure typically is protected by a warranty for a set number of years after its construction. An older roof has likely outlived its warrantee, meaning that the building owner will be responsible for the full cost of roofing maintenance that becomes necessary down the line. Fortunately modern roofers will stand behind the quality of a new roof, offering a warrantee at no additional cost. Some modern warranties cover the cost of semi-annual inspections so that the building owner discovers and is able to correct problems before they have a chance to grow into major issues. Since these warranties offer more protection against the cost of roofing maintenance, it will be cheaper to own and maintain a newly installed roof instead of keeping an older roof standing until it breaks down.

Boost the property value

When a house or other building is put up for sale, the owner usually invests thousands of dollars so that it is in a condition that is more appealing to potential customers. While the owner might replace the carpet, have the walls repainted, or renovate the kitchen, most neglect to install a new roof. However, a new roof offers a better return on investment (ROI) than the renovations mentioned above. This means that the property owner gets a higher percentage of what they spend on the roof back following the sale.

Replacing the roof on a building will allow the owner to reduce the amount of needed repairs, cover future roofing maintenance under a warrantee, and boost the value of his or her property.


Source by James T. Rothery