Article By James T. Rothery
The roof of a building exists to shelter a building’s contents from weather, and to regulate the interior temperature. During the summer, the roof traps cooler air inside of the building while in the winter it keeps warmer air indoors. Given how the roofing structure functions, a structure with leaks or cracks poses both short-term issues (including higher energy bills) and long-term problems (such as damage or injury to the building’s occupants). The best way for a building owner to minimize the risk of these problems is by performing regular roof maintenance. Major roof repair needs are expensive, so paying a little bit now to have a company inspect the structure will save building owners a lot of money down the road.
In a recent study commissioned by a national roofing association, it was determined that 35% of all roofing structures in the United States fail to meet their life expectancy. Individuals budget a certain amount of money when purchasing a new roofing structure but will end up spending more than intended if the roof needs to be replaced before the end of its expected life. One reason that individuals are stuck replacing a roof before they intended is because they do not perform regularly scheduled inspections and roof maintenance. When detected early, cracks and leaks can be fixed by a roof repair company before these problems grow into larger issues. By putting off a major roof repair job, the building owner turns small issues into more costly dilemmas.
Other reasons for premature roof failure are subpar workmanship, poor design, trapped moisture, faulty materials, roof traffic, weathering, and mechanical damage. However, these issues will be uncovered by hiring a qualified roofing company to complete an inspection. Some professionals recommend that individuals complete a roofing inspection once per year, but the best strategy is to schedule two inspections: one during the spring and one for the fall. Since different climates bring a different array of issues, scheduling an inspection at each point will allow the building owner to catch problems right when they first appear.
The most thorough inspections will not overlook the gutters, nails and shingles. Instead of allowing one loose shingle to leak water into the walls and ruin the whole roof, a roof maintenance company should check shingles and nails. A clogged gutter can also lead to water accumulation, which will then cause leaks and mold to develop. A qualified roofing company will be thorough in its inspections, checking each of these elements to identify problems so that the roof is structurally sound over the long haul.
By frequently completing a roofing inspection, building owners will develop a complete written history of their structure. The company can track roof repair expenses so that it can budget future repair costs or get a better idea of when a replacement will be necessary.
While a roofing company might recommend a small roof repair following the inspection, these repairs will be less expensive than having to replace a new roof. Prevent expensive repairs or premature roof failure by hiring a qualified roof maintenance company to perform regularly scheduled maintenance.