At least once in your life you’ll have to repair or replace your roof and while it’s already very expensive, it can be even more costly depending on how extensive the damage is. The only way to avoid the increase in price is to be vigilant and catch damage before it’s too late.  If you practice these 4 tactics, you’ll catch damage fast and bring down the cost of repairs.   
  • Check for signs
Every once in awhile it’s good to step back and take a quick look at your roof. If you see that the shingles are starting to curl or you have a few missing shingles, it’s time for an inspection.  Other signs of wear and tear aren’t as crucial, but can still warrant an inspection. Dark or green spots on your roof can be caused by algae which can be cleaned by most contractors. It’s more unsightly than it is dangerous but it’s a good idea to hire a professional to have it inspected to give you a quote on how much it would cost to get it cleaned. 
  • Inspect it regularly. 
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends checking your roof at least twice a year. This will ensure that any damage is assessed only a small period after it’s happened rather than years after when it becomes a bigger issue.  Damage to your roof can eventually evolve to cause damage to other areas of your home and involve adding more and more repair jobs that span beyond the roof. It can also compromise the integrity of the roof against the next major storm and your family will be at risk. 
  • Don’t wait
Homeowners often wait until they experience a roof leak to schedule an inspection but when it gets to that point, it’s already done a costly amount of damage. A leak can occur even before it penetrates the drywall of your home and can cause problems with mold and the insulation. The quicker you find out about these issues, the less likely you’ll have to dish out more money.
  • Don’t take shortcuts
Some contractors will convince you that you just need another layer of roofing, or maybe you saw it in a DIY video and you’re tempted to save the money. However, taking shortcuts on your roof will actually shorten the life of the shingles. Make sure that your contractor isn’t taking shortcuts or simply hire a company like Crest Exteriors to do it right from the start. If you don’t want your next roof repair to go up in price because of existing damage that you can’t see, call us at 855-316-7663 for a free inspection today!