Homeowners deal with many decisions when it comes to the care and maintenance of their home. With so many differing opinions (and bad information) available, it’s best to consult a roofing professional when making these big decisions. Here are four of the most common roof maintenance myths and the real truth behind them.
Myth 1: Modern roofs require less maintenance.
Roofs have come a long way from their humble thatched beginnings. In the last 50 years, manufacturers have made great advances to produce more durable products that are easier and faster to install. Despite all of the improvements in the industry, a 20-year, maintenance-free roof doesn’t exist.
The truth is that the majority of roofs today need to be replaced prematurely because of failure to follow a maintenance schedule. Proactive maintenance, rather than reactive maintenance, can extend the life of your roof and help it continue at peak performance.
Myth 2: Insurance will cover the roof in the event of a leak.
Most insurance companies will not cover the cause of the leak, but will cover the interior damage after the deductible is met. It’s important to keep your roof in good condition and working properly. Instead of calling the insurance company first after a storm, a call to a qualified roofer will ensure the real problem is fixed faster.
Myth 3: You don’t need roof maintenance if you have a warranty.
Material roofing warranties cover manufacturer defects, but most roofing issues are caused by poor installation, inclement weather, or lack of maintenance. Regular inspections can help building owners identify issues when they are small and less costly to address before they lead to roof failure and allow moisture into a building.
Myth 4: Roofs only need to be inspected once a year.
This is the biggest myth of all. Roofs should be inspected at least twice a year – once in the beginning of winter before cold weather arrives, and once in the summer before strong heat and inclement weather arrives. Additionally, roofs should be inspected after big weather events, like thunderstorms that can bring tornados, extreme rain, and hail.
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Absolute Exteriors is here to help. We provide free inspections and can let you know if you need a repair or a whole new roof. Contact Absolute Exteriors to schedule your free estimate for your home’s roof in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.