Having a solid, reliable roof over your head is infinitely valuable to any homeowner. This part of your home keeps you protected from the elements, wind, rain, snow, and even heat. Your roof is constantly exposed to elements that contribute to damage and wear. One of the most common causes of requiring a roof repair or replacement is simple negligence on the part of the homeowner. Many do not make roof care a priority, not bothering with regular inspections, maintenance, or repairs. Taking proper care of your roof can help you save money on repairs and extend the lifespan of your roof. Here are some of the many ways that your roof can end up costing you a lot of money.
Expenses from Repairs
We’ve touched upon this just now, but repairs are one of the biggest costs from your roof. As your roof is constantly taking the brunt of elemental damage, it becomes a more vulnerable part of your house. When it snows, the snow that sits, seemingly harmlessly on your roof for days or weeks, has an impact on the durability of your roof. The pressure or weight from the snow can cause damages that you may not realize. Over time, these weak points become weaker points, and eventually, you may experience noticeable signs that there is some sort of damage. If you have not been regularly taking care of or inspecting your roof, you may be in for substantial repair costs. Thumbtack states the average roof repair is between $200-$300 dollars.
Your roof works as a protective barrier from the elements much like the rest of your home. However, because the roof is so much less easily accessible than other parts of your house, it is not uncommon that any insulation issues go unnoticed. In order to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, proper insulation is key. Any air leaks mean that your air conditioning or heating units will have to work for longer to heat or cool a given space. The more you run your heating or cooling system, the more expensive your electricity bill will be. It will save you a lot of money on electricity in the long run if you have your roof inspected for any leaks so you can patch them.
Emergency Service Calls
Unfortunately, if your roof is not inspected regularly so that any issues or weak points can be addressed, damages may occur that need immediate attention. Most roofing companies actually make most of their money on emergency service calls, rather than general repairs or roof replacements. These calls are often billed on a time and material basis, and there may even be extra charges for holidays, weekends, or evenings. In addition, the time charges include travel to your location, inspection, and set up. This would end up being way more expensive than if you had a routine inspection and had time to take care of repairs normally.
There are some occasions where homeowners are simply unaware of the importance or necessity of roof inspections and care. It’s easy to forget about your roof, it’s just above your heads out of right and out of mind. However, there could be a number of hidden damages that could be worsening over time. For example, if there are weak spots in your roof, this could, over time create a leak in your home. However, that would typically take some time to become noticeable. Unfortunately, sometimes, by this time, there is such extensive damage that the roof needs to be completely replaced. This could cost thousands of dollars, in addition to the value of your personal time.
It is important to provide proper maintenance to your roof in order to avoid major costs in the long run. Schedule routine maintenance with us and we’ll have a professional come out and take care of everything for you, no hassle, no fuss.