Why Perform Roof Maintenance?
We talk a lot about the importance of roof maintenance and how to perform roof maintenance, but there are many underlying factors telling why you should perform roof maintenance. Roof maintenance is not a gimmick for contractors to make more money in inspections and the repairs that come with those inspections, it actually saves you money in the long run. A quality roofing company will work with and look out for its customers, and emphasizing roof maintenance helps carry out that duty.
Roof maintenance helps you find underlying issues you may have not noticed. Having a licensed professional roofer come look at your roof will allow you to spot small problems that could become bigger issues down the road, such as a small leak or weakening flashing.
Spotting these problems early and fixing them will help extend the life of your roof. Roofs can weaken due to severe storms and age, and keeping your roof in shape will slow the deterioration of your roof. Ultimately, this saves you money in the long run and helps you get everything out of the roofing system you paid for in the first place.
Since roof maintenance helps protect against severe roof damage, leaks, and mold and mildew growth, it will also help protect the individuals inside the building. Whether you own a commercial building or are solely a homeowner, you want to keep your employees and family safe from wet floors and poor health caused by mold growth.
Forming a Roof Maintenance Plan
Performing regular roof maintenance is a crucial part of owning a home. Regular maintenance will both keep your roof functioning properly and will extend its life. Every homeowner should have a roof maintenance plan in place; here are a few things to include in yours.
We recommend that roof maintenance be performed at least twice a year. Naturally, you should schedule this maintenance to be once in the spring and once in the fall. Performing maintenance in the spring and fall will allow you to evaluate your roof following the two most extreme seasons, winter and summer.
Maintenance is best done when you can climb up on your roof. Keep an eye out for debris on your roof, cracked shingles, bald shingles, missing shingles, and even mold or moss growth. Additionally, you should clean out your gutters and trim overhanging tree limbs when performing roof maintenance. If you feel uncomfortable walking around on your roof, however, then contact a professional. Your safety is most important.
Additionally, have a professional do a roof inspection at least once a year. They will be able to spot anything you missed, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Tips for Tile Roof Maintenance
Tile roofing is a premium roofing style made of clay tiles. These tiles are environmentally-friendly, very long-lasting (50+ year lifespan), they hold their color well, help lower energy costs, and they look great. They are also very expensive, which provides extra incentive to maintain them. Many homeowners do not know where to start when maintaining their tile roofs. That’s why we are here to help.
It is always good to start maintaining your tile roof by inspecting it. You can do this from the ground by looking for broken tiles or other damage. If you would like a more thorough inspection, contact a professional to inspect your roof.
One of the benefits of tile roofs is they require little maintenance. This is one of the reasons it is worth paying a premium price. Mostly, those with tile roofs will only have to worry about gutter maintenance, flashing maintenance, and vent maintenance.
Cleaning out gutters should be a regular occurrence, at least twice per year. If your gutters get clogged before your cleaning date, though, you should clean them out to prevent erosion.
Have your flashing checked for rust and to make sure it is still securely attached. This should be done by a professional, since getting up on a tile roof can be dangerous and could damage your roof.
Finally, check your ventilation system. Having an efficient ventilation system will help prevent ice dams and will lower energy costs.
Reasons to Maintain a Healthy Roof
Most people know their roofs require regular maintenance, but not everyone puts in the effort to properly maintain their roofs. However, your roof requires maintenance like every other long-term investment you make.
Maintaining your roof can save you a lot of money in the long-run. Neglecting your roof can result in leaks and/or mold build up that can impact the structure of your roof and home. Being diligent about maintaining your roof is definitely worth it.
Regular roof maintenance will also ensure that your roof is operating efficiently. One example of necessary maintenance is if your roof vents are damaged or are not working properly, your air conditioning and heating systems will have a hard time keeping your home at comfortable temperatures. This will result in high energy bills, costing you a significant amount of money over time.
Everyone homeowner should take care that their roof is well-maintained. Properly maintaining your roof will help keep you and your family safe, dry, and comfortable while ultimately saving you money, which will free up money to be spent elsewhere.
Slate Roofing Maintenance
Slate roofing is a proven style of roofing that looks great and has grown in popularity. While these roofs look beautiful, they provide a lot more than just curb appeal. These roofs are entirely natural and can last for nearly 100 years if properly maintained. However, due to their heavy weights, they do require a lot of maintenance. What, then, does this maintenance look like?
Most of the time, slate roofing maintenance will consist of having tiles replaced. Slate can easily slip and chip on a roof, especially following a severe storm. This is primarily caused by the weight of the tiles. Replacing these slipped and broken tiles will help extend the life of your roof and properly protect your home.
Slate roofs also require other common roofing maintenance. Flashing should be replaced if you observe any damage or rust. Your gutters should also be cleaned out if they become clogged and should be replaced if they break. Proper storm drainage is vital to increasing the lifespan of your roof.
While there are many steps you can take on your own to keep your roof in shape, some things can only be spotted and fixed by professionals. Make sure to have a professional inspection performed once or twice a year.
If you have any further questions regarding slate roofs or if you would like to schedule a roof inspection or repair, give us a call at 918-558-ROOF.
If you have any further questions regarding the importance of roof maintenance, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.
Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.