Regardless as to whether you’re about to become a first-time homeowner, or you’ve owned your home for many years, you need to take care of your roofing system. Why? Because if you take care of your roof, it will last for a long time. On the other hand, if you neglect it and fail to maintain it, you’ll need to replace your roof much sooner than later.

To revisit an analogy, we’ve used in the past- imagine you just bought a brand new car. Since you want the car to last for a long time, you make sure to have the oil changed, you take it in for 30k and 60k mile maintenance, and you’re diligent about making sure all its fluids are topped off. How long do you think the car will run?  Now, imagine what would happen if you never did any of those things. Suffice to say, if you opted for scenario #2, that car might not last more than a few years.

Since the cost to replace a roof can be similar to what it would cost to replace a car, you’ll want to do everything you can to extend your roof’s lifespan.  Below are just 2 of the things that you’ll want to look out for.

Poor workmanship

Everyone likes to save money where they can—but you shouldn’t skimp on roof repair costs. Remember, just because Bid A is a lot cheaper than the rest, that’s not to say that this is the company you’ll want to go with. If the work isn’t done right, or the work isn’t done well, whatever you’ve saved on the front can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more on the back end.

When it’s time to hire a roofer, make sure they’re licensed, insured, and reputable.

Failing to maintain it

The Gulf Coast gets its fair share of storms—and if you’re not having your roof inspected after a big one hits, you’re making a big mistake. First, reputable roofing companies provide this service free-of-charge. Second, if you don’t get your roof inspected, and your roof has sustained damage, this could shorten its lifespan. If you have cracked or missing shingles, your gutters have been damaged, or you think you might have a leak, you’ll want to get those repairs done post haste.

For more information about the types of things that can harm a roof in Louisiana, call Kleinberger Corporation today to speak with an expert.