Homeowners have to navigate a myriad of decisions when it comes to the care and maintenance of their home. With so many differing opinions (and bad information) out there, it’s best to forgo the D.I.Y. mentality and consult with a local professional instead. We’re here to help separate the truth from the fiction – here are four of the most common roof maintenance myths that we hear, and the real truth behind them.
Myth #1: Modern roofs require less maintenance.
Truth: Roofs have come a long way from their humble thatched beginnings. In the last 50 years, manufacturers have made great advances to produce more durable products that are easier and faster to install. Despite all of the improvements in the industry, a 20 year maintenance-free roof doesn’t exist.
The truth is, the majority of roofs today are replaced prematurely because of failure to follow a maintenance schedule. Proactive maintenance, rather than reactive maintenance, can extend the life of your roof and help it continue to perform at its peak.
Myth 2: Insurance will cover the roof in event of a leak.
Truth: Most insurance companies will not cover the cause of the leak, but will cover the interior damage after the deductible is met. It is important to keep your roof in good condition and performing properly. Instead of calling the insurance company first directly after a storm, a call to a qualified roofer will ensure the real problem is fixed faster.
Myth #3 : You don’t need roof maintenance if you have a warranty.
Truth: Material roofing warranties cover manufacturer defects, but most roofing issues are caused by poor installation, inclimate weather or lack of maintenance. Regular inspections can help building owners identify issues when they are small and less costly to address before they lead to roof failure and allow moisture into a building.
Myth #4 : Roofs only need to be inspected once a year.
Truth: This is the biggest myth of them all! Roofs should be inspected at least twice a year – once in the beginning of winter before cold weather arrives, and once in the summer before strong heat and inclement weather arrives. Additionally, roofs should be inspected after big weather events, like monsoons, that can bring wind, rain and hail.
Need a little help with your roof maintenance? RENCO Roofing is here to help, offering roof maintenance programs to keep your roof free of debris and in top condition. With more than fourteen years of service in the Valley, we’re proud to offer superior craftsmanship, quality and service to help you with all of your roofing needs. Whether your next project is big or small, we cover it all – get in touch with one of our consultants today to see how RENCO can help bring your next project to life.