When it comes to roof maintenance, most homeowners lean towards being more reactive than proactive. Whether this is because it's out of sight and out of mind, or because they're worried an untrustworthy roofing contractor will try to fix what's not broken for the sake of a sale, this type of approach isn't recommended for multiple reasons.
While you can easily guess the dangers of roof neglect, it might be less obvious that proper care of your roof can actually save you money. This is one of the most compelling reasons to start being more proactive when it comes to your roof. To get you started, here are four easy ways you can keep your roof in tip-top shape while avoiding costly surprises.
1. Fix Small Issues Before They Grow
This is one of the most obvious ways that regular roof maintenance pays off. By maintaining a regular schedule of roof check-ups, you'll be able to catch small issues and fix them before they turn into major—and expensive—leaks and repairs. While we recommend having a professional roofing company come out every two years for a free, no obligation evaluation, there are also easy ways you can maintain your roof's health, including looking for damaged tiles or shingles, and trimming overhanding branches. These simple efforts will help catch problems early on long before they grow into big headaches.
2. Get the Most Out of Your Warranties
Reputable roofing contractors should offer a quality selection of name-brand products as well as a robust workmanship warranty. As mentioned in #1, by keeping up with regular maintenance, you'll be able to catch small leaks and issues long before they become big problems. Many repairs, if caught early, may be covered by a workmanship or manufacturer warranty. We have a whole blog dedicated to the importance of understanding your roofing warranties because this is an area where a lot of homeowners leave money on the table. When finding a roofing partner ask about their warranties. Pick a good warranty package and combine it with regular inspections to avoid those costly repair jobs entirely.
3. Healthy Roof = Higher Resale Value
While selling your home might not be on your radar, keeping up with regular roof maintenance will absolutely pay off whenever you go to market. Rather than trying to sell a roof that has warning signs, you'll have the confidence knowing your roof was taken care of while you lived there. And if you've had any leaks or repairs along the way, your potential buyer might be able to take advantage of the warranties that came with the work. Along with a healthy roof, a roof that looks good can also increase the curb appeal, which could result in more interested buyers or a higher selling price.
4. Protect Valuables In Your Home
Your roof is the first and best layer of defense in protecting the valuables inside your home. If your roof is showing signs of wear, or if you're waiting until they make themselves known during the next storm, you could be gambling with your most valuable assets. Regular evaluations will help reveal any warning signs and save you the headache of costly roof repairs and the loss of irreplaceable possessions.