Roof replacement requires a lot of time, effort, and equipment which is why most homeowners spend just as much money to do it. Nobody wants to spend money on the roof, but it’s such an essential part of your home that why it’s unavoidable. If you can’t bear the cost of replacing a roof, you can opt for roof repairs instead.
Roof repairs lessen the need for roof replacement since it allows to address issues that might eventually grow into massive, unavoidable problems that may lead to new roof installation. While roof repair isn’t as expensive as roof replacement, it can be costly as well since homeowners usually spend between $300 and $1,100 for roof repairs.
No matter how good the quality of your roofing material, all roofs will degrade with time. Regular maintenance has an impact on the lifespan of your roof. Roofs are generally designed to last for a long time, but neglecting your roof would result in its quicker deterioration.
While regular maintenance doesn’t fully guarantee to maximize the roof’s lifespan, but it’s a far safer bet.
Proper maintenance doesn’t only extend the lifespan of your roof, but it also strengthens its protection when a disaster strikes. A well-maintained roof will be able to hold its own against minimum damages which can result to decrease repair costs.
A practice to carry out to prevent significant roof repairs is to keep your roof clean and dry. Keeping your roof clean can affect your lifespan and quality as this would reduce the possibility of corrosion and rot.
Take the cleaning process a step further by not limiting the cleaning on the roof itself but also keeping the gutters, soffits, and fascia clean and functional.
This would maintain proper drainage, especially at the gutter where being unkept could lead to creating a dam made of debris and dirty leaves which may lead to extensive water damage to the roofing materials of your home.
- Conduct Regular Inspections
Roofing inspections are necessary to identify any issues that may eventually blow up into costlier problems. Most inspections come after any major weather event as extreme weather such as heavy rain, hailstorms, and high winds can affect your roof. While it’s a good idea to inspect the roof after the weather settles down, it’s not the only time to check your roof.
Checking your roof from time to time is important. Aside from the weather, time could also take a toll on your roof. Look out for emerging issues by conducting regular inspections and have a professional inspection once or twice a year could help you prevent structural damage to your home.
Professional roof inspection could cost from free up to at least $200. While some inspections are more expensive than most, you should still have an annual professional inspection as they see things an untrained eye can’t detect.
- Do it Yourself
If you’re looking for a way to both repair your roof and save a little money, it’s possible to do it by taking up the repairs yourself. Even with the lack of experience, smaller DIY roof repair is feasible as long as you have the right tools, you’d be able to do minor repairs like removing old shingles or sealing a roof leak.
Fixing up the roof requires knowledge regarding roofing procedures and experience in the work itself, but if you insist on doing the repairs on your own, consult your roofing contractor and ask how much you can save on labor by working on the task yourself.
However, if you decide to do all of the work yourself, you should always take safety precautions. A DIY approach can also be a gamble. There’s a lot of risk in doing it yourself. Even simple roofing repairs can pose challenges and dangers.
If you lack the knowledge and experience in roofing repairs, there’s also the possibility of further damaging your roof instead of fixing it. One mistake is all it takes to worsen your roof’s condition.
- Finding the Right Contractor
While hiring a roofing contractor to do minor repairs such as applying sealant on your roof will be a waste of money, you can’t do all of the repairs on your own. That’s why when you’re uncomfortable with working on your roof, call in a roofing contractor to do the job.
However, with so many professionals offering their services, homeowners focus on saving money rather than quality. It’s not surprising that a roofer that charges less can be tempting to work with even if they lack the proper license or insurance.
The problem with working with these contractors might come to haunt you in the worse case scenario of them sustaining an injury while working on your roof. You might find yourself the subject of a lawsuit that could potentially cost you thousands.
Saving money is possible by choosing the right residential roofing company. There are a lot of factors to consider before hiring a roofing contractor but if you’re looking for a way to save money, consider a contractor that would be able to evaluate the condition of your roof and provide a range of options for you that would suit your needs at a reasonable price.
To know more about our professionals here at Fahey Roofing Contractors, check out the Team Fahey page or call us at (304) 826-1329 to learn more.