Every outdoor component of any home, from roofs to decks, can suffer damage at some point. Exposure to the sun, rain, moisture and debris can do that. You can, however, make your outdoor home components last longer by regularly maintaining them.
A new roof constructed with the best materials installed by a reputable contractor, will last a long time. But you can make it last even longer by regularly maintaining it: having it inspected every year, cleaned, and — wherever there’s a little damage or signs of impending damage — repaired.
Many homeowners neglect their roofs, and most of them complain that maintenance is costly. However, if you really think about it, you can save thousands of dollars over the years if you spend wisely on maintaining your roof. That’s because you won’t have to replace your roof for a long time, perhaps for your entire lifetime.
Here are the contributing factors that make roof replacement a home improvement project that’s anything but cheap:
Flashing is what roofers use to protect the most vulnerable parts of your roof, such as the valleys and the area surrounding penetrations like chimneys and skylights. Over time, especially if your roof is constantly subjected to fluctuating temperatures, flashings get damaged and have to be replaced.
Sealant is used on flashing to prevent water from penetrating. There may also be other parts of your roof that require the use of sealant.
A roof can sustain punctures due to weather conditions that cause wear and tear. The sun, wind and rain can combine to punish a roof. Debris blown by the wind can also cause punctures. Gravity is also responsible, as when an overhanging branch falls on your roof. The new sheathing, felt paper and shingles used cost money, as well as the labor involved in installation.
The wind can blow shingles off your roof. This is especially true if there is a strong storm, or if the roof is old, or both. Replacing missing shingles costs money, and sometimes the new shingles won’t even match the old ones.
With proper and regular maintenance, you can avoid these costly problems. Get in touch with State Roofing for a roof replacement, repair, or routine maintenance. We also build decks. Call us today at (360) 794-7164 or tell us about your project here. We’re ready to help you in Seattle and Tacoma, WA.