Your roof takes care of you. It keeps water from entering your home, which prevents rot and insect problems. It also protects your home from heat and sun during the summer. If you want your roof to keep taking care of you, though, you must take care of it. Regular roofing maintenance is important for 10 key reasons.
1. Extends Your Roof’s Life
Replacing your roof can be quite costly. You, therefore, want your roof to last as long as possible. Maintaining your roof can extend its life. For example, your roofer may identify and replace damaged shingles when your roof is 10 or 15 years old. This will protect the rest of your shingles by preventing water from seeping behind them. The rest of your shingles will then last longer.
Extending your roof’s life is also good for the planet. It reduces the number of roof materials which have to be disposed of or recycled.
2. Saves Money
Small roofing issues are easier to address than big ones. If your roof is maintained regularly, problems will be caught and corrected early. For example, your roofer may find some lifted flashing. They can secure the flashing and prevent shingle damage, which would have been more costly to repair. Or, your roofer may find your insulation is compacted. They can replace the insulation before it exposes your roof to damaging levels of heat.
3. Maintains Your Warranty
Most shingles and other roof materials come with a warranty. The terms of these warranties usually require the roof to be maintained. You don’t want to have an issue with your roof, file a warranty claim, and find your warranty was terminated because you didn’t do the required maintenance.
4. Increases Your Home’s Value
If you are thinking about selling your home, maintaining the roof will help preserve its value. Home buyers often pay more for a home with a good, well-cared-for roof. Plus, the fact you’ve maintained the roof reassures buyers you’ve been thorough in caring for the home.
5. Reduces Utility and HVAC Costs
Roof maintenance involves checking for and replacing damaged insulation. It also involves clearing space in front of vents and ensuring they’re clear. These steps are essential for keeping your utility bills in check. A well-insulated and ventilated roof stays cooler in the summer, reducing your AC costs. It also lets less heat pass through in the winter, lowering your heating costs.
Roof maintenance also reduces the burden on your HVAC equipment. This means your HVAC equipment suffers less wear and tear, requires fewer repairs, and lasts longer.
6. Identifies Problems Early
When your roofer comes out to clean your roof, replace lifted shingles, or perform other essential maintenance, they’ll look over the rest of the roof structure. If you have any loose flashing, sagging gutters, popped nails, or other issues, they won’t go overlooked. Homeowners easily miss these problems since they’re not visible from the ground.
7. Helps Protect Your Health
Your roof’s health affects your own health. If your roof develops leaks, your attic will become moist. Mold loves to grow in humid attics, and mold is dangerous to your health. It can cause symptoms such as sneezing, headaches, and nausea. Keep your roof in good shape, and you’ll avoid mold and mold-related illnesses.
8. Improves Curb Appeal
Most roofs are pretty visible. If your roof has many peeling shingles or chipped tiles, it will negatively affect its curb appeal. On the other hand, maintaining your roof will keep it looking fresh and new. It will make a better impression on guests and anyone who drives by.
9. Increases Energy Efficiency
As described above, maintaining your bills helps reduce heating and cooling costs. This is good for your wallet, but it is also good for the planet. Home energy is primarily derived from non-renewable resources, like natural gas. So, reducing your energy consumption through good roof maintenance is good for the world overall.
10. Gives You Peace of Mind
A roof emergency can be really alarming. You don’t want to wake up in the night to find a leak. You’re far less likely to deal with such an emergency when you take good care of your roof. This gives you peace of mind. You won’t feel as nervous or anxious whenever a storm rolls through town.
Take care of your roof, and it will take care of you. If you’re looking for a company to maintain the roof on your McHenry County home, contact KM Construction, Inc. Our experienced, well-trained crews offer comprehensive roof maintenance, repair, and replacement services.