Do you take your car in to get serviced by a mechanic every year? Do you visit your dentist every few months for a cleaning? If so, then why do you neglect your roof? It’s just as important to get your roof maintained by an expert every year as it is to keep on top of your preventative maintenance for your health and car. In fact, the roof over your head needs to be kept in tip top shape to keep you safe, healthy, and comfortable.
How Often Does Your Roof Need Maintenance?
A roof that is not regularly maintained will only last about half of its average life expectancy. Plus, it costs significantly less to have minor repairs done then to have major renovations or upgrades performed. So it actually pays to take proper care of your roof. And, although there’s no hard rule as to when you should get your roof inspected, we recommend that you have a visual inspection completed each year to look for uneven surfaces, damaged or missing shingles, signs of moss or mould, and damaged flashings.
When’s the Best Time for an Inspection?
The best time to have your roof inspected is in the fall, right before the snow arrives and the freezing cold temperatures kick in. This allows you to evaluate the summer damage, especially if you had a number of storms in your area, and also ensures that you get any minor repairs done before the winter weather can amplify any existing damages.
Why is Regular Maintenance Important?
Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, especially if you live in a temperate climate with four seasons. Over its lifetime, your roof goes through all kinds of abuse – ice buildup, heavy bouts of rain, freeze and thaw cycles, and more that can cause some serious wear and tear. Although your roof comes with a warranty that can provide some comfort, it’s important to note that neglecting it by ignoring regular maintenance can make your warranty void. So it’s in your best interest to have your roof regularly inspected by a professional who can provide you with all the documentation in the event of a severe roofing issue.
Roof replacement can be extremely expensive, so it’s best to have it regularly maintained rather than spend thousands more in repair costs. When you’re ready to set up a regular maintenance schedule for your roof, contact us at Roofmasters. We’re your Ottawa roofing professionals who are ready to assist you with all your roofing needs.