A modern asphalt shingle roof combines time-tested features and new technology. Better adhesives hold shingles down in the high winds that occasionally blow through the Tri-state region. Cool roofs offer potential energy savings. Specially treated shingles resist algae streaking. Improved ice/water barriers provide important protection in areas of the roof more vulnerable to ice dams.
Once you invest in a modern residential roofing, you want it to last as long as possible. Just as you schedule regular oil changes and other auto maintenance to keep your vehicle on the road, you want to do the same for your roof. Regular roof maintenance is vital if you want a long-lasting, worry-free roof over your head.
Cost-effective Roof Care
For the best results, combine periodic roof inspections with routine maintenance.
Do the math. Divide the lifetime cost of an asphalt shingle roof by the number of years you want it to last. Then, re-do the math, subtracting a number of years lost due to neglected maintenance. Also, add in the cost of major repairs when neglected issues become big problems.
It is clear that regular roof inspections, maintenance and prompt repairs are cost-effective solutions that can extend the lifespan of your residential roofing.
For a long-lasting roof, schedule regular roof inspections and maintenance in the spring and fall. In the spring, roofing pros can remove branches and debris from winter snowstorms and ice storms. A spring inspection may also reveal possible damage from ice dams. Fall maintenance includes cleaning gutters, removing debris and trimming overhanging branches.
When a particularly severe storm strikes, don’t wait until your scheduled spring or fall inspection. Have a certified roof inspector promptly check for possible storm damage In many instances, this damage is covered by homeowners insurance.
What are some of the potential signs of roof damage that a roof inspector looks for?
Problems with shingles
One of the most important things a routine inspection may reveal is evidence of missing or damaged shingles. Strong or sustained winds may loosen nails and adhesives until shingles break loose or break. Shingles may also be damaged by falling branches or large hail. When missing or damaged shingles are promptly noted, minor repairs usually solve the problem.
Flashing is a critical feature of your roof. It is found in the valleys, where the roof meets walls, along the roof edges and around roof protrusions. High winds, fallen branches and ice dams can break or bend roof flashing, and leaks may develop. Timely repairs address flashing problems before they get worse.
Loose or cracked roof sealant
Sealants may be viewed as your roof’s last line of defense against water getting into the sub-roofing. Silicone and urethane sealants are used around skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations. They may also be used to seal transitions from shingles to flashing. Over time, repeated freeze-thaw cycles may loosen roof sealants. Exposure to extremely hot and cold temperatures may cause sealants to get brittle and crack.
For these reasons, it is not unusual to replace sections of roofing sealant from time to time. This is another element of routine maintenance that makes for long-lasting residential roofing.
Issues with sub-roofing
Sometimes, problems with shingles, sealant or flashing lead to issues with the underlayment or the roof deck. For example, a single tear or hole in the felt may result in water-damaged sheathing. Although exterior-grade plywood is water-resistant, ongoing exposure to moisture may cause delamination or even rotting. Once again, regular roof inspections promote prompt repairs that minimize the damage.
Shingles are composed of inorganic components like asphalt, fiberglass and mineral or ceramic granules. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that so many things can grow on shingles made of non-living things. Moss, blue-green algae, fungi and lichens all have the potential to adversely affect your roof over time. Therefore, routine roof maintenance often includes moss removal and the cleaning of those unattractive dark streaks caused by blue-green algae.
Clogged roof and attic vents
High temperatures and high humidity may cause premature deterioration of roofing materials over time. To minimize this problem, vents are used to promote a free flow of air through the attic. This moderates the air temperature and eliminates excess moisture buildup. Roofing pros performing routine maintenance can remove debris that’s clogging the vents.
Maintenance and Warranties
It is understandable that roofing manufacturers often require occasional roof inspections to keep warranties fully in force. First, they rely on factory-certified roofing contractors to properly install their products. Second, they count on periodic roof inspections to catch potential warranty claims at an early stage.
Manufacturers have a lot at stake when they provide NJ homeowners with their premium warranties. For example, a GAF Golden Pledge Warranty offers 50 years of coverage on architectural shingle roofs.
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that routine maintenance positions you to receive the full benefits of your warranty as the years go on.
CRS Stands Ready to Serve You
CRS is a full-service roofing contractor serving northern New Jersey. Since 1977, we’ve taken pride in solving the different residential roofing issues our valued customers encounter. Look to CRS for everything from routine maintenance to complete roof replacements.
To schedule your roof inspection, please contact us today.