Understanding a Home Roof

How to Repair Roof FlashingsFor most people the single greatest investment of their life is their home. But aside from an investment, a person’s home is a very special place of memories and family. That is why taking care of a home is essential to preserve it. Proper care and maintenance of a home can secure that if a time comes to sell the home it will sell for the best possible price. In addition, proper care and maintenance of a home will increase its value over the years and protect all the belongings in the home.

However, even with proper care there are areas of a home that can experience unforeseen damage. Of all the areas of a home that can be most susceptible to unexpected damage, it is the roof. That is because a roof is considered one of the main exterior protection areas of a home from the outside weather elements. During storms and intense weather events, its the roof that will protect the home, the people in the home, and the belongings of the inhabitants of the home from the bad weather. The roof is also the area of a home that can more readily experience damage because of intense wind or downed trees and limbs. If this occurs it is important for a homeowner to get quick, reliable and high quality emergency roof repair to protect the home from lasting damage.

In addition to sudden damage. There are things that can damage a roof over time that can leave it compromised and in need of repair or replacement. Things such as: mold, extensive sun damage and poor installation can cause a roof to have noticeable problems. Roof tiles can separate, crack and loosen causing sub-roofing damage and leaks. While this can and does happen from aging, it can also occur from storms, extensive sun exposure, and mold. One of the first signs of this is usually a leak in the roof. If left unattended, mold and water damage can seep into the home and cause extensive structural damage. At the first sign of a leak it is always advisable to seek a roof repair from a highly qualified roofing contractor.

While some people get concerned that anytime there is a roof problem there is need for a roof replacement, that is not usually the case if the roof is newer than 20 years old. While older roof materials did not offer homeowners the longevity that the new roofing tiles do, most of them offered an average expected lifespan of 30 years. By contrast, the new roof materials are designed to withstand greater weather elements and last significantly longer.

For homeowners who do end up requiring roof replacement, the good news is that re-roofing a home can significantly improve the value of a home as well as improve its aesthetics and provide better protection against the elements. Hiring a high quality roofer from a reputable roofing company can ensure that the project is done right the first time which will save time and money in the long run.