It is pretty easy for homeowners to forget to check on the condition of their roofs, and roofs can even be overlooked during home renovation projects. This certainly isn't deliberate, but probably happens because the roof is out of sight. Unless you notice a leak or water staining on your ceiling, you would have no real reason to be on the roof. However, it is important to have your roof inspected regularly. Roofs are designed to handle exposure to the elements, but they are just as prone to damage and wearing out as any other part of your house, so they should not be neglected.
Roof inspections can reveal different problems that may require immediate professional intervention. Some of these include the following:
- Buckling shingles—These indicate moisture accumulation underneath the roof.
- Dipping shingles—These show that there is rot in the sheath underneath the shingles
- Missing shingles and shakes
- Excessive loss of granules from your shingles
A full roof restoration is worth considering when such issues arise. Here's why:
Long-term solution to recurrent leak repairs
If you've been having to fix leaks every time the rainy season comes around, having a full restoration will take care of that inconvenience for you. The restoration process will ensure that all the missing or damaged shingles or tiles are replaced and that the roof is sealed entirely from moisture.
In addition to saving your money and time on recurring roof leak repairs, the restoration will also protect your house from interior water damage, thereby eliminating the cost of repairing that damage.
The time will come when your roof will have to be taken down and replaced with an entire new one. Until then, a full roof restoration can help the roof you currently have to last longer, perhaps even up to 15 more years.
If you are selling your home, this extended life can help you attract a few more buyers since they won't need to immediately spend more money on fixing the roof. Plus, a fully restored roof tends to look as good as new, which greatly increases the curb appeal of your home. On the other hand, if you are not selling your home, restoration gives you time to get your money together to pay for a new roof when the time comes.
There are several ways a full roof restoration can save you money. First, it is about 50%–70% cheaper than a complete replacement. Second, it will improve your home's energy use by reducing the amount of warm air leaking through damaged shingles. This way, your energy bill will remain low since your air conditioner will not have to run for long periods of time to achieve the desired temperature.