To stay healthy, you go to the doctor for a regular checkup called a physical. Dentists recommend twice-a-year visits for cleaning and checkups for cavities. Motor vehicles need to have their tires and oil changed periodically for best performance. Roof maintenance is no different.
Roofs are out there every day in all kinds of weather getting tortured by the hot sun, frozen by winter’s ice and snow, drenched by the monsoon rains and ripped apart by the strong winds. But yet, most homeowners never give their roof’s maintenance a second thought. Why? If it is out of sight it is usually out of mind. The average homeowner does not typically climb up on their roof, therefore, they do not see the many issues that could result in possible premature roof failure.
They do not see the split rubber seals on the plumbing vent pipes. They do not see the nails that are backing out of the roof vents and flashing components. They do not see the cracks developing on the chimney crown and in the mortar holding the chimney brick together. They do not see the deteriorating caulk on the wood frame chimneys. They are unaware of the various problems associated with their rain gutters. They do not see the missing shingles that are exposing the roof deck. Many homeowners do not realize they have had storm damage that could be significant enough for filing an insurance claim resulting in a new roof paid for by their homeowner’s insurance.
The prudent homeowner will hire a professional roofing company to inspect their roof every two years to ward off damage to the interior of their homes. Sadly, the impetus for calling the roofer is when a stain appears on the ceiling of their home or when they see water running down the interior wall of their home during a thunderstorm. By being proactive a homeowner can save literally thousands of dollars that would have otherwise been spent on interior repairs. At Solid Rock, we recommend a routine maintenance schedule called a roof tune up every two years. Once on our plan, we will remind you when it is time for the tune-up. Currently, we offer that service for only $129. Just because a roof is new does not mean it is immune from problems. Have you ever taken a new car to the garage for service? So, regardless of the age of the roof a tune up every two years makes very good sense.
Rooftop Readings are written by Tracy Hanning. Tracy holds BS and MA degrees and is a veteran Industrial Arts teacher. He founded Solid Rock Roofing, Inc. in 1991. Drop Tracy a line at SolidRockIncorporated@gmail.com