Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps your head dry in the rain and safe from the elements. Every roof needs to be replaced sometime because it just might not be enough to keep the rain out. Replacements can be costly and ideally you’d only be replacing your roof once every three decades. So the best solution is to extend the life of your new roof where possible.
Effectively Extend the Life of Your New Roof
A roof’s standard lifespan ranges from twenty to thirty years. A roof replacement before then is a tremendous waste of money. But replacing your roof before it’s ideal lifespan can sometimes become a necessity because the roof is just too damaged to keep you dry during the rain.
Hire a Proper Contractor
Your roof’s lifespan is directly tied with the contractor you’ll be hiring to do the installation. Good contractors will bring an assortment of tools suited for the job and they won’t skimp out on materials either. They always come in prepared for anything. Rain or shine, come hell or high water, a good contractor will have the necessary tools and know how to make sure that your roof is in top condition for years after it’s been installed. The best part is that these types of contractors will also have no problems sharing their knowledge to help you extend the life of your new roof.
Regular Inspections and Maintenance is a Must
Your roof won’t last very long if you just sit back and relax waiting for the day a leak springs up. To make sure that your new roof stays in top condition, you should always be ready to conduct regular inspections and maintenance. You should be aware of the safety precautions you should take before going up on your roof otherwise you might end up having an accident
If you aren’t confident that you can find and fix all the problems, call a professional or, better yet, your previous contractor. They’ll know exactly what to do when your roof is starting to fail and will help extend the life of your new roof.
Look for Effective Roof Upgrades
A freshly installed roof is a blank slate that you can modify however you wish. But blindly installing new bits and pieces on your roof might end up hurting your roof more than they can help.Not all upgrades are effective for your specific roof however, and the best way to identify these is to ask your contractor for what add ons would be effective. Some upgrades are great for all types of roofs and can be easily be added to your roof. These include:
- Low maintenance gutters
- Certain gutter materials like copper and zinc
- Air regulating roof vents
- Effective eave flashing
All of these upgrades contribute by either effectively dealing with debris or simply being more durable when compared to pre-installed materials. Work with your contractor to see if they can have these installed in your new roof.
Work With Your Contractor
Most people will just sit back and relax while their contractors do all the work. This gets you some good R&R during the installation of your roof but you’ll be having trouble maintaining and inspecting your roof when the problems start cropping up. So make sure to be as involved as possible during the installation. Ask questions and advice since you’re on your own after the installation is complete and you give the green light that they’ve done their job.