The roofing system is your home’s primary layer of protection, shielding your home from the harsh elements outside. This is why it is important that homeowners take the necessary steps to maintain a roof’s integrity. Not doing so will not only cause a number of roofing problems to surface, but it will also shorten the average lifespan of your roof.
Regular Roof Checks are Key
The rule of thumb is to have your roof checked at least twice a year. Ideally, it should be once before the start of the harshest season in your area, and once after. The common practice is usually during spring and fall. By regularly taking care of your roof, you ensure that you get the best out of your investment. Roofing is among only five – yes, there are just five – home improvement projects that continues to increase in terms of cost vs. value, with a midrange roof replacement project rising to 5.9 percent for 2015.
While a roofing replacement project would set you back almost $20,000 – based on the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report – you do recoup 71.6 percent of your investment. This means you can recover nearly $14,000.
Regular Maintenance Means Fewer Roof Problems in the Future
Not all homeowners may know this, but some manufacturer warranties require homeowners to ensure that a roof is regularly maintained for the warranty to remain valid. A roof inspection is crucial to keep a roofing system performing well, especially in the face of harsh weather.
Here are other top reasons to have your roof constantly checked by a professional:
Head on over to the next part of the series to learn more about preparing for future roof emergencies. Use the checklist we’ve provided to better gauge in which particular aspects you may not be ready yet.