Roof CareExpanding the Life of a Roof


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Roof care is important for all the obvious reasons, but actually keeping up with the necessary repairs and maintenance to a roof is imperative. There are many things that might cause damage and aging to a roof. Storms would be the number one culprit that immediately comes to mind; wind, falling trees and branches. But there are other offenders as well. For instance, years of sunlight baking the roof, and the buildup of mold, moss, and mildew can also drastically cut down the roof’s lifespan. These situations, as well as many others, contribute to the necessity of proper, ongoing roof care. Without any accidents or incidents causing damage to a roof, an inspection should typically be done once or twice a year.

Roof maintenance is carried out best when it is done professionally. A good roofing company is usually easy to find in most cities and towns. A roof contractor will inspect the roof of a house and check for normal wear and tear. They will also inspect the roof for any problems that could have been caused by water damage, wind damage, or any number of other destructive elements. Repair of water damage will cost on average $2,386; furthermore, removing standing water alone can cost around $2,688. If repair of damage caused by wind is necessary, the cost could run anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000, and damage from fire and smoke could come in at over $4,000. Melted snow and rainwater, if left sitting on a roof for more than just a day or two could cause a dangerous situation because of the extra weight it puts on the roof. Standing water needs to be removed immediately in order to avoid further costly damage.

Professionals who are trained in roof care will be knowledgeable in all areas of roof maintenance, roof repair, and roof safety. They will be educated in the type of roof on each customer’s home, and, in the case of estimating the cost of a complete roof replacement, will be able to explain all the details the customer needs to know. If the homeowner has had asphalt shingles and wants to stick with what works, a roof contractor will have all the information needed to share that will enable the customer to feel confident about their decision. Typical asphalt shingles can usually last up to 20 years; however, asphalt shingles of a higher quality could last a good 50 years. If the homeowner chooses a roof constructed of wood, the roofing professional will be able to share details about that material, as well, including the fact that the life of a wooden roof is 30 years or longer, depending upon the climatic location of the home. In short, when it comes to the roof of a home, it is best to let the professionals do the shopping.