“The Secret” To A Long Lasting Roof

GAF Camelot - Sheffield BlackWhat makes a good roof? One that you never think about? One that does it’s job and keeps your home warm or cool and dry by protecting against the elements? How about one that does all this and last for decades? That’s what every homeowner wants and by hiring the right contractor it is many people get.

The initial installation is pivotal to an effective roof where even the smallest mistake or miscalculation can cause major issues down the road, even if they aren’t detectable in the beginning. Having a roof that was installed properly is one of the foundations to having a long lasting roof but is only part of the equation.

The most perfectly installed roof systems are only as strong and durable as their materials. This is real world example of “you get what you pay for”. Go cheap and you’re roof may not last longer than a few years and constantly have problems. Even materials that aren’t cheap per se but aren’t proper for your environment (regular asphalt shingles in a hurricane zone for example) can prove to be a detriment to the durability of your roof. Sometimes these material problems aren’t apparent for years down the road.

Making sure you get a qualified roof contractor and choosing appropriate materials with long warranties can help ensure your roof lasts for decades to come but it all comes crashing down without one thing, ongoing regular maintenance.

Regular maintenance isn’t difficult, keep the roof and gutters clear of debris, repairing any problems as they occur and having regular, professional inspections (at least once a year) and you can add years, even decades to a roof. If maintained properly from installation a well maintained shingle roof, for example, can last years, even decades past it’s expected life.

Without regular maintenance, your roof is almost guaranteed to fail earlier than it’s expected life and when it does, most warranties and insurance won’t cover the problem. After all, if the roof is disintegrating because of pooled water from debris ridden roofs or clogged gutters why would the manufacturer be held liable? It’s written into many policies and warranties, not only to cover their collective rears but also to ensure their product works as advertised. Regular maintenance is that important.

Your roof protects your home from the elements but over time can be worn down without care. It’s never too late to start a regular maintenance plan if you don’t have one. In fact, the sooner the better. From the first inspection you will know where your roof stands and what it may need to get up to standard plus you gain the piece of mind of not worrying about your roof and whether it’s going to last.

Call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222 for a free estimate and to get your roof in shape!

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