Most of us know the name of the roofing material on our home. Few people know much about their roof beyond that. Do you know these three things?

  1. Your roof is more than just shingles, tile, wood or slate. It’s a system that works together to protect your home.
  2. Maintenance is key to your roof lasting as long as it should.
  3. Virtually every roof will need a roof repair over its lifetime.

If you don’t know any or all of these things, as your local roofer, we’re going to help you understand more about your roof in just a few short paragraphs.

Your Roofing System

It’s a system because it is comprised of many elements. Of those elements, you can probably easily identify the shingles and gutter. You may or may not know what your flashing, fascia, soffits, and underlayment are. And few people realize that insulation and ventilation are the final pieces of your roofing system. If even one of those pieces has an issue, you could end up with a roof leak, quickly deteriorating shingles, a home that’s too hot or cold, or even pests in your attic. A roofing inspection can easily identify the need for maintenance or repair that can prevent a big problem or fix a growing one.

Annual Maintenance is Key

Some maintenance you can do yourself like cleaning your gutters and making sure your roof’s surface doesn’t have any debris accumulating. Other maintenance you’ll want your roofer to take care of like re-sealing flashing or securing loose shingles. When your roofer performs and annual roofing inspection, they’ll take care of the small maintenance items and let you know if you need any roof repair.

Maintenance Can’t Prevent All Roof Leaks

As much as we wish that there was a leak proof roof, it just doesn’t exist. Our roofs age and as they age they develop problems, just like your car. No matter how great you are about having the regular maintenance done on a car, it still ends up with issues. Your roof is the same. Sometimes a wind storm will lead to a roof leak. Other times it’s the cable company who put a hole in your roof and didn’t use the right sealant. Most often, it’s just an age-related issue. The older the roof, the more likely there are to be failures.

If you don’t have a roofer you trust to provide a thorough evaluation of your roofing system, call Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors. We’ve helped countless homeowners with issues ranging from insufficient insulation, cable company installation mishaps, storm damage and issues with older roofs. Let us provide you with a free estimate for a roof repair or to schedule a roofing inspection if you’ve never had one before. Call us today at (414) 425-5796 or fill out our contact form.