A top quality roof is the biggest investment a homeowner can make. While a roof should be replaced every 20 – 25 years, proper maintenance can lengthen the life of your roof and proactively ward off common problems, says Todd Hetherington, CEO of Century 21 New Millennium.
“Many homeowners don’t realize that their roof requires regular maintenance,” says Hetherington, “but routinely inspecting and making minor repairs can pay off big in the long run.” Inspecting your roof twice a year, and after any major storm or natural disaster, is a great way to expand the life of your roof, and Hetherington states that you don’t need a professional contractor to do this.
Loose, worn or missing shingles is a common roofing issue. Check for and replace loose shingles, or any shingles that look particularly worn—patch faulty shingles with roofing cement, negating room for water leakage.
“Cleaning debris buildup is a simple task that can have a major impact,” says Hetherington. Leaves, branches and other environmental matter can collect on your roof, creating extra weight and making way for water to accumulate and cause leaks. Also be sure to clean out gutters seasonally.
Roof flashing, the galvanized metal or aluminum placed over surface intersections and edges, provides extra protection from weathering. “Most major flashing repairs should be left to a professional,” cautions Hetherington. However, there are some simple DIY tricks most homeowners can manage, including repairing or replacing bent, loose or rusted nails; replacing crumbled or dry roofing cement and recaulking.
Major roof repairs can be costly. Make major mishaps less likely and get the most out of your roof by inspecting it twice annually and making any necessary small repairs along the way. While you can conduct most of your inspections yourself, hiring a professional once every few years is a great way to ensure you aren’t missing anything, and elongate the life of your roof.
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CENTURY 21 New Millennium, www.c21nm.com, is a full service real estate brokerage company specializing in residential and luxury properties. The Virginia locations are in Alexandria, Centreville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, McLean, Stafford, and Woodbridge. The Maryland offices are located in Annapolis, Dunkirk, La Plata, Lexington Park and Lusby. Its core services include: mortgage financing, investing, settlement services, property management, property insurance, global relocation assistance, and commercial real estate.