Can you recall the last time you had your roof inspected? The average homeowner probably had it looked at by a professional contractor when they purchased the house, and likely never thought about it again until it needed repairing for leaks.
Regular residential roof maintenance is critical to the health and longevity of your roof, which is your home’s main defense against the elements. The older your home is, and the longer it’s been since your roof has been looked at by a professional contractor, the more likely it is to show signs of deterioration. But with regular upkeep, the average roof can last up to thirty years – long enough to finally pay off that mortgage!
Here are just a few reasons why roofing maintenance contracts are so important:
Regular Maintenance Expands the Life of Your Roof
A roof in South Florida is constantly affected by rainfall, wind, and possibly hail. Over time, these elements can lead to damages. Even minor damages can result in expensive repairs if not dealt with properly. The amount of harsh weather your area experiences determines how often your roof should be inspected, along with the age of your home and any previous issues you may have had with your roof in the past.
If you’re unsure about previous roofing issues, then it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected every couple of years or so.
Warranties Don’t Last Forever
A new home with a new warranty may give you some security for a time, but chances are, you’ll be living in your home longer than the lifespan of that warranty. But warranties don’t automatically mean that all damages will be covered – there are bound to be some exceptions in the fine print, particularly if the roof wasn’t installed properly in the first place. Some warranties require regular inspections to stay active, and you’ll need the necessary proof of those inspections.
But even after your warranty has expired, regular roof maintenance is always a good idea to keep small issues from becoming big, expensive ones later.
A Well-Maintained Roof Increases Curbside Appeal
Chances are you want your home to look its best, regardless of the specific HOA regulations in your neighborhood. A neglected roof can have a negative “curbside appeal” over time, which is not only unappealing to look at, but could potentially lower your property value. But because the roof is something we don’t typically see, it’s easy to forget about it.
However, like every other part of your house, it needs regular maintenance and cleaning. Shingles may need replacing, algae can cause unattractive streaks, and gutters filled with rain and debris may not drain as they should. Left unattended, these things can have a negative effect on the surrounding landscape. If you decide to sell your home in the future, these things have the power to make or break a potential sale.
Regular Roof Maintenance Saves Money in the Long Run
Admittedly, it sounds a little counterproductive: spending money to save money? How does that work?
But roofing emergencies will always cost more than regular maintenance does. And in the event of an emergency, you probably will choose the first roofing company you hear about, rather than doing careful research to make sure you’re getting the best value and service. In one day, you could be out several hundreds of dollars.
But the money you spend on regular inspections and cleanings can prevent that kind of emergency disaster. Any problems that come up will be detected early, and fixed before they can get worse. So yes, in the long run, regular roof maintenance will end up saving you money.
Why Go With Aabco?
Our roofing company specializes in exterior roof and stucco repairs, as well as leaks or other signs of damage. No matter the property type, we are well-equipped to handle the problem with professionalism and peak customer service. Because we’re local, we’re well versed in current regulations and necessary roofing codes. Talk to a licensed roofing contractor today with any questions or concerns about roofing maintenance contracts at 954-426-8500, and check us out on Facebook.