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Protecting one’s home and belongings is one of the most important things to consider during storm seasons. This protection can start with roof maintenance and care. While some issues seem minor and easy enough to handle on your own, working on a roof is tricky and can be dangerous. Your best, safest bet is to find a trained professional.
Of course, finding local roofers who have enough knowledge and experience to prep your roof for Arizona storms can be tough. They need the expertise to locate hidden leaks, weaknesses, and other unseen roof issues, and to know when a roof needs simple maintenance or a full replacement. However, taking the time to search for a trustworthy, experienced roofer is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home.
The easiest, cheapest way to preserve a roof is through routine care and general maintenance. Without it, your roof is susceptible to the elements and small problems can become disasters. While it’s easy to spot a really bad roof, not everyone knows how to find the subtler issues. A well-trained roofer’s eye can easily tell if a home needs minor maintenance, major repairs, or a complete re-roof.
Understandably, demand for roof repair skyrockets during storm season. Arizona storms hit quickly and surprise homeowners, whether they are prepared or not. A well-maintained roof holds up much better than a roof left unchecked.
While most maintenance requires a professional, it still helps to stay alert to problems with your roof. Leaking is one of the most common issues you might spot. It has the potential to cause mold and other interior problems, and without timely repair, your home could suffer significant structural damage. The earlier you identify and repair a leak, the better. Dripping water is a clear sign that something is wrong, of course, but you should also keep an eye out for water spots in your ceiling.
At any time, but particularly after rain and storms, you should also look at your roof for any obvious signs of damage. This could include obviously missing or damaged components of your roof. However, it is easy to miss them or misunderstand their severity.
Some damage, including a tiny leak, might seem like a small problem. Yet, even a seemingly “small problem” has the potential to become much worse – especially during the right storm. The best thing you can do is to schedule routine maintenance. Whatever costs you incur from this are much better than what you risk from severe storm damage.
Finding the Right Company
A huge mistake some people make when seeking roofers during storm season is hiring a contractor who doesn’t have the right experience. Experience is key to prolonging the life of a roof for as long as possible. A complete roof replacement is a seemingly-easy fix. When starting a re-roof, the chance for error is much smaller than when seeking out leaks or other common issues. However, it’s important to find a company that doesn’t just know how to replace an older roof but can also maintain it for as long as possible.
Legacy Roofing in Prescott is one of the largest roofing operations in Northern Arizona. With over 70 years of combined experience, Legacy Roofing has made a name for itself as one of the most efficient roofing companies in the area. Per Frank Vanderzee, a partner at Legacy, “Residential roof maintenance is rarely done, and typically we receive calls only when the homeowner has a leak. I like to use this analogy: when you buy tires, the manufacturer recommends rotating every 6 – 8000. If you don’t follow the recommendation, the tires wear unevenly, which shortens their life, etc. Roof maintenance will prolong the life of the roof and usually allows us to find problems before they occur.”
Extending the Life of Your Roof
Recommendations made by service professionals should be made to benefit the customer in the short-term as well as long-term. A roof with a projected 15-20 years quickly loses its value and lasting power without regular maintenance care. Waiting until the final hour delays important protection and ultimately costs homeowners more. During storm season, the most damage is done when there are fewer roofers available. Contractors experience their highest volume of calls in this season, resulting in longer waits and more untreated home damage. Taking the steps to care for your roof and locate problem areas ahead of time will save you money in the long run, and give you peace of mind when Arizona storms kick in.
Meeting Your Roofing Needs
Legacy Roofing is here to help you with all of your roofing needs. Learn more about all Legacy Roofing has to offer at legacyroofingllc.com or call 928-460-4430.
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