It’s a good bet that the saying “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply to roofing. No matter what kind of property you own, a proactive approach to roof maintenance is the best approach to roofing care. Here’s why.
It Helps Extend Your Roof’s Lifespan
Roofs are constantly exposed to wear and, at some point, will require replacement. Most of today’s roofing systems are expected to withstand 20 or more years of wear, but it doesn’t mean you should only remember to take care of it when it starts leaking. Roofing lifespan can be drastically shortened because of neglect and can even raise the roof’s lifetime cost.
It Helps Avoid Structural Damage
The aforementioned roofing leaks are just one of the many problems that result from roofing neglect. Water from leaks cause more than just water stains. It causes structural damage that can result in bowing rooflines: the kind of damage that would eventually result in premature roof replacement. Components adjacent to the roof, such as the ceiling and gutters, may also require repairs or replacement.
It Helps Preserve Your Valuables
Neglected and leaking roofs can put your valuables at risk. Your furniture and electronics as well as books, important documents and valuable art can be damaged by leaking rainwater and/or raised indoor humidity. In commercial settings, leaks can damage servers, office computers and other company assets. The repair work can disrupt work hours, resulting in downtime and loss of revenue. Such situations are preventable with a proactive maintenance routine.
It Helps Keep Your Roofing Warranty Valid
Most of today’s roofing warranties require proof that you, as the property owner, is adhering to the roofing maintenance as prescribed by the manufacturer. Not doing so indicates neglect and could render the warranty coverage void. This is something that you will want to avoid, not just because of the warranty validity, but because it can be favorable towards your homeowners’ insurance premiums.