When your roof "malfunctions" or is damaged in a storm, roof leaks can result and cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. Poorly installed roofing that doesn't live out its full life also represents wasted money. But it doesn't have to be that way!
There are steps you can take and decisions you can make that can transform your roof into a money-maker and a money-saver. Here are the top 5 things you can do to get the most out of your roof:
1. Exercise Good Roof Maintenance
Most people don't spend a lot of time thinking about their roofing - and that could be a sign it is doing its job. But on the other hand, a complete neglect of your roof may mean poor roof maintenance.
Exercise good roof maintenance and you can extend the life of your roof by years. And not only that, you can avoid many roof repair needs by getting a regular annual roof inspection and taking care of small problems before they become big ones.
2. Plan For Roof Replacement
Getting roof leaks and other periodic roof damage repaired quickly will help you get more use out of your roofing - but eventually, the need for roof replacement will arise.
Time roof replacement right, and it saves you money. Too-early replacement is undesirable, but waiting too long risks a costly roof leak. Waiting too long also risks spending too much on roof repairs during the last few years of your roofing's life. If you have to have repairs done two or three times a year, every year, it may be wiser to invest in new shingles.
3. Rely On Quality Roofing & Installation
One reason for some roof problems is that low-quality shingles were installed, no underlayment was used, inadequate flashing and drip cap (if any) was installed, or that an unreliable roofer handled the job.
Once it's time to get a new roof installed, be sure you weigh your roofing options carefully, considering wind and fire ratings and overall durability. Also be sure to rely on a contractor with extensive experience and an impressive local reputation.
4. Upgrade Your Attic
Another way to get your roof involved in saving you money is to take care to upgrade the space just below it - your attic.
Installing high R-value insulation on attic floors, walls, and ceilings, improving attic ventilation, and putting a radiant barrier below your roof (to reflect the sun's radiant heat and reduce shingle overheating) are some ways to accomplish this. An upgraded attic can reduce heating/cooling bills and extend the life of roofing materials.
5. Install Solar Panels
Installing up to date solar panels on your roof is an obvious way to transform your rooftop into a big money-maker. Today, there are many viable options for financing solar system installation, and it is possible to greatly reduce or even eliminate electric bills by turning your roof into your own personal power plant.
Managed well, your roof and your roofing can save you money and even make you money over the long term. These are just five of the ways you can make that happen.
For assistance with roof repairs, roof replacement, or solar panel installation in the Central Florida Area, contact Sheegog Contracting today!