Prolonging the Lifespan of Residential Roofs through Regular Inspections and Maintenance

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Roofing systems are pretty easy to maintain if you are diligent with periodic inspections and maintenance. A roof functions as a membrane that protects the home from the worst weather conditions—from hurricanes and hailstorms, to snowfall and rain. Considering the number of aggressors roofs must withstand, homeowners should have these vital components checked by professional contractors at least twice a year.

 

Thankfully, technological advances have created roofing materials that are more durable. However, these durable materials do not make even the best roofs invincible.  Falling hail can cause dents and even holes to form in the shingles. If left unchecked, this can lead to water infiltration. Furthermore, tornadoes and hurricanes have the capacity to strip off an entire line of shingles, causing the total destruction of the roofing system. Snow and frost can also crack shingles, which also leads to water infiltration.

 

Poorly maintained roofs can compromise the structural integrity of an entire home. It can also decrease the value of homes. To prevent serious damage from spreading to other structural components, immediate repairs should be implemented right away. Unchecked damage can also add to the cost of homeowners by diminishing the insulation capacity of the home. Home owners may overwork their HVAC systems trying to keep indoor temperatures adequate, which is not only bad for the environment but increases expenditure on energy.

 

To avoid these dilemmas, homeowners should hire reputable contractors to repair the damage with the necessary materials. The various types of roof damage are greatly influenced by the quality and type of the roofing material. Surprisingly, poor maintenance and lack of repairs are the leading cause of roof damage. Also, improper installation and usage of incorrect roofing materials can have serious consequences.

 

Cracks may appear on roofs composed of tile, wood, or asphalt shingles. When wood shingles crack, the underlying material is left exposed. This results in the further degradation of the roofing membrane and leads to water infiltration. On the other hand, wind damage is caused by strong gusts of wind, creating a vacuum that pushes up the underside of the roof, causing it to split open. These are just some of the damages that roofing contractors Michigan homeowners recommend can effectively contain.  

 

Hail damage is cosmetic and only requires the replacement of shingles. However, if it is left in that state for a long time, it will definitely incur damage like leaks and cracking. Other forms of damage include granule loss and blistering that roofers in Michigan are more than qualified to repair.

 

Michigan roofers can inspect all roofing components thoroughly and repair any damage. For more information, please visit:  

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This article was published on 2012/03/26