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Roof Maintenance for Your Home

by Lori Madden 06/28/2020

Image by Mario Ohibsky from Pixabay

Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell or just getting settled into a new one, making sure your roof is in excellent condition is important. Your roof helps keep the inside of your home safe from water and other types of damage. Roofs can endure wear and tear over time or end up with damage from storms, but routine maintenance helps reduce these risks. Getting professional roof maintenance done once or twice a year provides the following benefits for your home. 

Lower Risk of Major Repairs

When you have your roof maintained, you’ll have a lower risk of needing repairs. Roof maintenance involves checking different parts of your roof for minor damage or potential issues that could lead to damage over time. You can then have these smaller problems taken care of as they arise. Doing this helps reduce your risk of ending up with serious roof damage that requires costly and complicated repairs. Keep in mind that many signs of roof damage or issues aren’t easy for homeowners to spot. Having your roof inspected and maintained regularly helps ensure that these problems are found early. 

Longer Lifespan for Your Roof

Although your roof should last for many years, it could have a shorter lifespan due to excessive wear and tear or damage that goes unnoticed and isn’t fixed. Since the cost of a roof replacement is among the bigger expenses for homes, you should try to help yours last as long as possible. Routine roof maintenance helps reduce the effects of wear and tear on your roof and ensures that minor or more serious damage is found and fixed promptly. With this type of regular maintenance, your roof should reach its lifespan instead of needing to be replaced early. 

Reduced Risk of Health Problems

Roofs can develop leaks that result in mold growth over time. When these leaks go undetected, they can cause serious water damage and mold growth inside your ceilings, walls and other areas of your home. Mold can cause respiratory health problems and other kinds of health issues for some people, especially those with asthma or allergies. During routine roof maintenance visits, your roofing technician can look for signs of minor or major leaks and take steps to repair them as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of mold growth and water damage. 

Improved Energy Efficiency

Problems with your roof, such as a missing shingle or two, can affect your energy efficiency. Your home can lose heated air through your attic and roof during winter, causing your furnace to run more. In summer, hot air from outside can make your home harder to cool. Routine roof maintenance can help prevent higher heating and cooling bills and increased energy usage.

About the Author
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Lori Madden

As a Florida native growing up in Sarasota, I have seen my hometown grow from a sleepy coastal town to a highly sought-after destination along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. After working in Chicago for 5 years, I returned to Sarasota and saw it through a new lens and really began to appreciate what makes Sarasota so desirable, including temperatures that allow for year round outdoor activities including tennis (a personal favorite), golf, boating, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing and/or shelling on our pristine sandy shores, including Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the United States for 2017, Siesta Key! Sarasota’s cultural amenities are many and diverse, appealing to a wide range of arts lovers. Downtown Sarasota has become a destination in itself, drawing many new developments for those who want to be within walking distance of Main Street's offerings and the picturesque bayfront and marina. Foodies will find an eclectic mix of locally owned and operated restaurants offering something for everyone, and there are now Farmers Markets every day of the week in various locations throughout Sarasota, but the Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota draws the biggest crowds. Since 1988, my passion has been selling real estate, representing both buyers and sellers. I have been recognized by my clients and customers for an uncompromising work ethic and dedication to helping them achieve their real estate goals. Relying on my experience as a real estate paralegal and being highly organized, I am able to help make the transition between contract and closing a smooth one for my clients. With an eye for interior and landscape design, I've been known to pitch in and help Sellers minimize and/or reorganize their belongings in order to stage their home to maximize its sale potential. I specialize in out of state buyers looking for their piece of paradise along the Gulf Coast and make it a priority to keep them up to date on our quickly changing local real estate market. I welcome the opportunity to share with you all Sarasota and her surrounding islands have to offer!