Neglect is the number one reason why roofs fail prematurely. The solution is simple then: pay more attention to your roof. Consider the following:

  • Choose roofing materials wisely. Homeowners are not always given the chance to pick out their own roof so take advantage of this opportunity. By making the right choice at the very beginning, you eliminate risks of premature failure due to unsuitable roofing materials. To find the right roof, factor in your location’s general climate, how big your home is and the overall look you want to achieve.
  • Pick a good roofing expert. Will you entrust your roof to just anyone? Not all roofers are made equal so go for one with the necessary skills and experience to take care of your needs. Go over testimonials and check certifications and credentials to help you zero in on a roofing expert you can count on.
  • Perform regular maintenance. Even the most durable of roofs will eventually succumb to the elements. However, with regular maintenance, problems are found while they are small, making them not only easier to deal with but preventing them from worsening as well. Roofing problems don’t appear out of nowhere, so routinely checking your roof from the ground will help you spot damage before it can become major. A lot of people do roofing maintenance when the seasons change but scheduling check-ups once or twice a year will suffice.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to do your own roofing maintenance. There are some tasks you can carry out on your own, but to make sure that all bases are covered, it would benefit you to employ a roofing contractor to do the work for you. Doing so will cost you more, but experienced roofers know what to look for and have all the necessary equipment to perform thorough checks on your roof.

There’s a lot you can do to avoid premature roof failure, but what if the damage has already been done? Find out what to do in the final part of this blog series.