Expenses Associated with Your Roof system
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. There are two different remodels- but most people never
considered the roof. Roofs just aren't, well...sexy.
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. When we lived in our homes for a lifetime,
we protected them to last a lifetime.
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.
- 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. Professionals 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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