New Year’s Resolutions for the Health of your Roof

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If you’ve made your share of New Year’s resolutions for your personal well being in the past, you know that they usually deal with health-related issues (get more exercise, eat healthier, etc.). It’s a good idea to apply that same kind of “healthy” thinking to your roof, so Williams Roofing has a few suggestions for roof-related New Year’s resolutions:

Resolve to investigate and take care of leaks. Damage may be visible, such as with watermarks and drywall saturation, and it can possibly be serious enough to cause part or the entire ceiling to fall. But there’s also potential damage going on behind the walls and ceilings to electrical wires and fixtures and insulation, which can promote growth of mold and fungus. Those problems will be much more costly to deal with in the long run than taking care of the leaks now.

Resolve to consider cleaning your roof. Cleaning your roof can be an important way to keep it in good condition. Removing old leaves, branches and other waste can help ensure good water flow and reduce the chance that standing water will cause serious damage to your roof. Also, if your building has a cool roof, keeping it clean will help it maintain its high reflectivity. The manufacturer of your commercial roof should have roof-cleaning guidelines.

Resolve to plan for a replacement. Do you know how old your home or building’s roof is? Do you know its expected lifespan? While replacing a roof is a large capital investment, it makes sense to do it before leaks and other issues cause interior damage and become really expensive maintenance concerns.

Resolve to use an established, reputable, professional roofing contractor for all your roofing needs. Before hiring a roofing contractor, ask for references and check them carefully. Look for a contractor that is licensed, bonded, insured and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. An important question to ask is whether the contractor will stand behind their installation with a warranty. The roofing materials will have their own product warranty but that won’t cover the installation workmanship. The contractor should provide a written warranty that they will be there to take care of any problems that develop.

Following these suggested roof-related resolutions will help ensure that a Happy New Year is in store for both you and your roof. Happy Holidays from all of us at Williams Roofing Company –Providing Your Home’s Best Coverage for 39 years!