We talked about the process of and the need for roof care in the first two parts of this eBook. To cap things off, we next cover the additional benefits of roof cleaning and maintenance for your home.
A roof that lasts.
Roofing Contractor magazine says that around 80 percent of roofs are replaced prematurely, which is a big waste of money. A well-maintained roof that can potentially last for 30 years, for instance, can save you up to 50 percent over its entire lifespan, as opposed to a roof that may need to be replaced, say, every 15 to 20 years.
A roof that is energy efficient.
An unmaintained roof can have leaks – which can have a direct effect on your roof’s insulation. According to facility management experts, having wet insulation is like having no insulation. When moisture has seeped into the insulating material, its thermal resistance gets damaged because water is a conductor of energy. This is an especially bad thing to happen during the winter. In addition, it can accelerate the deterioration of other roofing components.
Proper roof care sets out to spot, treat, and prevent leaks. Subsequently, it helps keep the functionality of the differing roofing components – which helps maintain the structural integrity of the entire roofing system. If your roof is especially equipped for energy efficiency – such as a cool roof – maintenance will help ensure that it will keep converting energy savings into cost savings.
A roof that looks good.
Regular cleaning and inspection also make your roof – and your entire home – more attractive. And this holds true, regardless of whether or not you intend to sell your home.
A Final Word
Roof care does not only involve the technicalities of conducting regular cleaning and maintenance. You also need to be picky about who you hire to do it. Make sure your chosen roofing professional:
- understands your specific goals and your roof’s condition
- provides a detailed maintenance plan
- works according to industry standards
- is available for emergency repairs
- is licensed or registered, depending on your area
- has extensive industry experience
- offers comprehensive warranties
- delivers great customer service; and
- prices competitively
When you find a potential contractor, schedule a consultation to better gauge how he or she works. If possible, also solicit feedback from past clients.