Roofs just aren't, well...sexy
Posted By MyGuy
If you have owned a home in Arizona for any length of time likely spent
quite a bit of time and money in the remodel business. That is remodeling
your own home. No matter the remodeling project most people never consider
the roof. Roofs just aren’t, well...sexy.
Flash forward a few years, things have changed. Remodeling is certainly
not the hobby it used to be mostly because we are reluctant to over invest
in our homes. Some schools of thought are that our homes were never supposed
to be short term investments. Not too long ago there were even tax penalties
for capital gains if you sold your home more than once in a lifetime.
Perhaps it is time for a little perspective. When we lived in our homes
for a lifetime, we protected them to last a lifetime.
So now that we have gained some perspective. What does matter? Especially
now, when we are most reluctant to over spend on our homes is when the
primary expenditures should be with a goal of protecting the home, its
systems and its contents. Preventing larger expenses like leaks, water
soaked drywall and even mold is the new hot trend. Don't wait for
the roof to fail before you take action to protect that investment.
Here are some hot tips to keep your roof system fully functioning allowing
you to avoid the bigger expenses associated with roof system failure.
- Appreciate your roof- it is the structure that protects all the other systems
in your home.
- Flat roofs: A flat roof well maintained has the sustainability to last
indefinitely. A flat roof should have some maintenance every 5 years.
Maintenance should include removal of debris, re sealing of penetrations
and in most cases repairs and coating. Ignored and your small maintenance
expenditure could every turn into a larger re-roof expenditure.
- Tiles roofs: This is the classic good news, bad news scenario. The good
news is the tile will likely last you a lifetime, but the bad news is
your underlayment should be looked at every 10-12 years. The underlayment
is the waterproofing component. Heads up: due to economic conditions many
tile manufacturers have gone out of business- this caused difficulty in
finding tile matches to many existing roofs. When tile is removed to replace
the underlayment- tiles will be broken. Your licensed roofing contractor
will be able to identify if this will be a problem for your particular roof.
- Shingle roofs: Although most shingles these days come with lengthy warranties,
the truth is maintenance is not only the key to protecting the roof, but
the key to keeping those warranties in place. We recommend Shingle roofs
should be evaluated every 5-8 years. Roofs should be cleared of debris,
penetrations should be resealed every 5 years or so, and if you are going
to have solar, cable or new HVAC installed be sure to have the new roof
penetrations handled by a licensed roofing contractor.
- Remember: protecting the roof is protecting the house- your home. Hire
a reputable, licensed Arizona Roofing contractor. It matters!
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