Moisture is your roof’s biggest enemy. When water penetrates your roof in any capacity, it compromises the integrity of your roof and could cause it to fail over time. A wet roof also increases energy losses up to 70% because wet insulation loses its thermal resistance.
How do you help prevent that from happening? By finding a reputable roofing contractor who provides a roof maintenance program. Here’s why you need to consider a roof maintenance program for your home or building.
ROOF MAINTENANCE HELPS THE ENVIRONMENT.
Although there are recycling facilities for roofing materials, the majority of old roofs still end up in landfills. Protecting the current roof covering, as well as the insulation beneath it, is better for your wallet and the environment.
Roof maintenance means that you can replace a rubber gasket, flashings or a few damaged shingles instead of an entire roof. Maintenance of your roof also means that the insulation material under your roof covering, and in your attic, stay dry. Wet insulation reduces its effectiveness and can also cause mold to grow. Maintaining your insulation material may lengthen the life of its use, even if your entire roof needs to be replaced.
ROOF MAINTENANCE RETAINS YOUR CURB APPEAL.
You want your house to look good, both inside and out, so that it retains its value. Many folks forget about caring for their roof because they assume that the roof will remain looking the same. Over time, weather can cause clogged gutters which may result in poor drainage and damage to landscaping, as well as ruining the gutters. Roof algae can also form on your roof, thus prematurely aging the roof and causing unattractive black streaks. Most of these problems can be fixed by simple maintenance such as roof cleaning or debris removal.
ROOF MAINTENANCE WILL DISCOVER SMALL ISSUES BEFORE THEY BECOME BIG ISSUES.
Your roof may look great, but it could be hiding degradation that can’t be seen. Homeowners often don’t realize that there is damage to their roof until it begins to leak, and by then the problem is often much larger than it appears. Water can infiltrate your attic and damage insulation, wood framing and structural steel even before mold appears or ceilings and walls start leaking.
The tricky thing about roof leaks is that the combination of water and gravity can make them appear far from where they originate on the roof itself. Performing regular inspections and maintenance can locate problems that have not yet begun to appear inside your house or building.
ROOF MAINTENANCE MAKES FUTURE ROOF REPLACEMENT FASTER AND LESS EXPENSIVE.
When it comes to your roof, thinking and planning ahead will serve you well. When you eventually have to have your roof replaced, the frequent maintenance will make the job easier for the roofing company to complete, reducing time spent on installation and disruption to your schedule.
Maintaining your current roof can also help protect existing insulation and wood carpentry, preventing it from having to be replaced when the new roof is being installed. This will be an immediate cost savings and reduction in application time.
ROOF MAINTENANCE SAVES YOU MONEY.
You significantly reduce the chances of a roof leak which can cost you money related to damage, not to mention that given the immediate need of addressing the situation, you can end up paying a premium for emergency repairs. By frequently checking common weaknesses and identifying problems early on, you can prevent damage to your roof. In fact, a roof maintenance program can save you up to 50% over the life of a 30-year roof compared to replacing it every 15-20 years.
Give yourself piece of mind by signing up for a roof maintenance program with a reputable roofing contractor. You will be protecting your home or building and the people and contents within its structure. Don’t let dealing with roof issues be frustrating and time-consuming. Stay ahead of roof problems with a preventative roof maintenance plan.
For more information about protecting your roof asset, contact Kokua Roofing today.