Ignoring Central Florida household maintenance can lead to much bigger problems. Most property owners don’t make these routine repairs, because they don’t seem urgent or necessary, cost money, too much time, or out of procrastination. But they are there just the same. Possibly hiding behind an attractive facade, just waiting for the perfect time to turn your dream home into a nightmare.
In the article, “7 Ticking Time Bombs in Your House—And What To Do Next,” in Bob Vila, you should fix this spot before it’s too late:
A roof can appear completely fine from one side of the house while crumbling on a different side. That's why most people end up making the tragic mistake of waiting until they see water leaking through the ceiling to identify roofing issues.
Water usually enters the attic first, so regularly inspect for stains around the chimney and vents. To be on the safe side, have your roof inspected every five years.
Get An Inspection
A good place to start is with an inspection by a licensed roofing contractor. While a home inspector is great before you purchase a home, they don’t specialize in roofs. This way you will be certain if any upgrades were done properly and any repairs that need to be addressed. Identifying and repairing small problems now, will save you the expense of big problems down the road.
Ensure Your Roofer Is Reputable
This is vital, the last thing you want is a roofer who works on your roof and vanishes. You’re roof starts to leak and nobody’s answering the phone when you call! Hiring an unlicensed contractor is just asking for problems, there won’t be any repercussions for mishandled or poor workmanship. You will also be responsive for any injuries or damages.
A quality and experienced roofer can easily save you money by knowing what can be salvaged and what can’t (especially if your home is older). Your roof may just need a few repairs instead of replacing. They will also know the best material for your roof and the best place to purchase them.
Understand Your Options
There are many new options in today’s roofing options, some are better for your situation. Our climate, price range, and style, all play an important role. You want a roofing material that is energy efficient, impact resistance to withstand extremely strong winds, and won’t cost an arm and a leg, while complimenting your home.
How long can you expect your roof to last?
The article goes on to explain, “Materials and workmanship—as well as the weather elements in your location—determine the lifespan of a roof. While many types of roofs last longer than 15 years, some can hold up well for 50 years or longer, barring a serious storm or a large fallen tree. Not surprisingly, cheaper roofing materials won’t last as long as more expensive types, and the price range is quite broad
Save money on your roof inspection and repairs
At Schick Roofing we provide roof inspections to determine your roof’s remaining life expectancy and assessments of how to accurately mitigate future leaks. We give our customers an honest and accurate assessment of their roof and suggest a plan of action to maximize its life.