During the natural process of aging and as a result of the elements, your roof will experience wear and tear over time. If you don’t have your roof correctly maintained on a regular basis, the lifespan of the roof will be significantly reduced. Also, it can void the warranty. The best way to ensure that the roof reaches its maximum lifespan is to have it maintained regularly.
4 Reasons Why You Should Maintain Your Roof
A dam is designed to restrict water flow. Debris and moss can do the same to a roof. The difference is that dams are beneficial and debris and moss are not. When these things collect on the roof, it can clog up the natural channels on the roof that are designed to let the water runoff. Instead, the water will be diverted to places that it shouldn’t, and it can cause a leak in the roof.
When materials for the roof are designed, they are tested against naturally occurring elements such as wind, rain, acid rain, and UV rays. Unfortunately, they don’t check for moss collection. Because of this, most manufacturers will often put exclusions on the warranty if you don’t have it appropriately maintained. Not only do they put these exclusions on the warranty for improper water diversion, but they also do it to avoid the erosion that is often caused by debris or moss. This is especially true with asphalt shingle roofs. When moss grows on the roof, the tiny tentacles will grab and dislodge the granules from the roof. These granules are responsible for reflecting the harmful UV rays from the sun that prolong the life of the roof.
The longer the debris is left on the roof, the higher the chances are that moss. The moss can also trap the moisture on the roof, causing the granules to come off the roof. If you have a wood shake roof, moss will decay the roof quickly.
Typically, the gutters on the home are nailed in place. The nails are placed into the end of the rafters that support the roof. If you allow debris to build up in your gutters, the weight can pull the gutters away from the house. This will allow the water to run behind the gutters, causing damage to the structure of the roof. Also, erosion and leaks in the basement and the crawlspace can occur.
If the nails pull away from the house due to the weight, the old nail holes cannot be used again. This would require you to pay for an expensive gutter adjustment or a gutter replacement.
Besides the functional problems that can be caused by moss and debris, it also doesn’t look right. If you are planning to sell your home, the appearance of the outside is very important. It is how potential buyers get their first impression of the home. Since your roof makes up about 25 to 50 percent of aesthetic of the home’s exterior, you should keep it looking good. Not only will an ugly roof affect the home’s curb appeal, but it will also affect its value if you are planning to sell.
If your roof is covered in moss, algae, or excess debris from the trees above, give us a call for a free evaluation. We will inspect your roof and determine what your roof needs to remain healthy.
There are a variety of things that can have an adverse effect on your roof. They include:
• Extreme weather conditions such as rain, sun, snow, hail, ice, and wind
• Incorrect design, poor design, defective materials
• Neglect, failure to repair and maintain the roof
• Contaminants on the roof such as HVAC discharges, fuel, fluids, grease, and oil
• Roof and building movement and expansion
• Building improvements such as additions to the home, satellite dishes, etc.
• Damage caused by the contractors such as foot traffic dropped tools, etc.
• Deck deflections (Ponding)
• Clogged drains and scuppers
• Defective or damaged flashing
Roof maintenance is a task that should regularly be scheduled to ensure that the roof is watertight. When you have your roof maintained regularly, it will increase the roof’s lifespan. During regular roof maintenance, it will be inspected and cleaned. Also, the gutter and the drains will be clean, and the roof perforations will be sealed. The roof will be inspected for open seams, support blocks, and wall flashings. During the regular maintenance of the roof, the HVAC ductwork will be sealed as well as the exposed wood components and the skylights.
Why Should You Start a Roof Maintenance Program?
When you start a Roof Maintenance program, it will help to avoid the costly repairs of emergency repairs, allowing you to control your annual roof maintenance budget. When you sign up for a Maintenance program, they will help you develop a “Pro-Active” roof program that will save you money in the long run. This will ensure that your roof will be leak-free during the rainy season and extend the lifespan of your roof.
What Are the Advantages of Roof Maintenance In Place?
When you have a Roof Maintenance Program set up, you will always know the current condition of your roof. This will prevent expensive surprises. Also, if you need to make significant repairs, you will have time to save some money. The best reason is that it will protect the interior of your home. If there is a leak, it can cause expensive damage inside the home as well as creating health hazards inside. Best of all, a Jobe Roofing Maintenance Program will provide you with free emergency service if there is a leak in the home.
What Do We Do?
When you sign up for a Roof Maintenance Program, a roofing contractor will inspect your roof for any visible signs of damage. This will allow us to give you a list of the repairs that need to be made. They will also check your corners, pipes, vents, gutters, drains, AC ducts, skylights, metal flashing, iron supports, and other structures on the roof.
When your roofers have a list of all the deficient issues, they can create a yearly maintenance program that will address all of the issues on the roof. Next, you will be given an estimate for the cost of the repairs as well as the cost of a suitable annual maintenance program that will address your roof issues pro-actively. The plan would include at least one emergency visit each year. This would include troubleshooting and repair the issue. If there are any issues discovered during the regular maintenance check, we will give you an estimate to repair the issue before the problem gets worse.
Roofers offer a variety of warranties including up to 25 years for workmanship and lifetime material warranties for anything that we install. We also offer no dollar limit warranties (NDL). In most cases, this type of warranty will cover wood deck repair, material defects, labor, and workmanship.