Roofs are not indestructible, and every roof will have to be replaced at some point. However, many homeowners think roof replacements are necessary at the slightest hint of a problem. In reality, a new roof should last a considerable amount of time as long as it is installed correctly and repaired when it needs to be. Depending on your roof material, it can last anywher from 15 years to 100 years, so unless you are the victim of a natural disaster, you should not have to think about replacing your roof after only 10 years. If you are worried that you may need a roof replacement soon, here are some tips for avoiding it and prolonging the life of your roof.
Get Regular Inspections
Inspections, more often called surveys when completed by a roofing contractor, serve a few purposes. First, it lets your contractor detect weak spots and fix them before there are any obvious signs of damage. This can prevent you from experiencing leaks, ice dams, or other issues.
Secondly, regular surveys allow you to develop a relationship with a contractor, so they know your roof and you know the quality of their work. This relationship is key when it comes to trusting the recommendations of your contractor and knowing when to replace or repair. How often you need inspections will depend on the material and age of your roof. Young roofs may only need an inspection every 5 years while older roofs may need an inspection every year.
Get to Know Your Own Roof
You should not depend on your contractor to detect all of your roof issues. Instead, get intimate with your own roof. If you have roof access, get up on your roof and look at it at least once a year, or every spring and fall. Note areas of discoloration or possible shifting of shingles. If you don't have roof access, at least cast a glance up at your roof from the ground once a month to look for anything that seems out of place or unusual.
Repair Leaks and Weak Spots Immediately
Once you notice a problem, you should not put off repairs. Putting off repairs can allow the damage to spread, resulting in a replacement when you would have gotten by with a repair if you had acted immediately. Whether it is a leak or a missing shingle, decide whether you will fix it yourself or call your contractor and get it fixed as soon as possible.
Opt for High Quality Repairs
The cost of roof repairs is considerably less than the cost of a new roof, so you should not be timid about spending a bit extra for high quality materials and workmanship when it comes to roof repairs. Paying an extra 100 dollars for better shingles or flashing could extend the life of your roof by several years, which will make your investment worth the cost.
Create a Plan for Maintaining Your Roof
When you have a problem, you may come across articles like this and nod along, planning to inspect your roof regularly to avoid early replacement. However, it is easy for life to get in the way and for you to forget to maintain your roof. Because of that, you should create a maintenance plan. Add a reminders to your calendar for monthly and bi-annual inspection and find the name and number of a contractor you can trust for more in depth inspections as necessary. By creating a plan, you will be more likely to care for your roof the way it needs in order to avoid early replacement.