With the dramatic weather changes Nashville area residents experience, roofing takes quite a beating. That means without routine inspections, and maintenance, home and business owners may see damage to both the roof and interior portions of a property. Roofing contractors routinely recommend roofs be inspected at least once per year, and more often if severe weather strikes the area.
Why are inspections important?
Anyone looking at a roof from the ground can see obvious damage like missing shingles, but other areas of the roofing system frequently experience damage that isn’t readily visible. Contractors walk the roof to look for more subtle issues like hail damage and damaged flashings. Areas around chimneys and vents are prime spots for leaks to develop, so catching developing problems early heads off more extensive repairs. That means contacting a roofing professional and taking care of routine maintenance actually saves money.
What happens when a roof needs to be replaced?
Unfortunately, roofs all need to be replaced eventually. When needed roof repairs are too extensive, or the materials used are simply beyond their lifespan, the contractor will recommend replacing the roof. The question then becomes, what roofing material should be used? Traditional three-tab shingles are still used, but newer roofing materials tend to look better and last longer than older three-tab shingle products. The difference in initial cost is offset by lower maintenance expenses and the longer interval before the roof will need to be replaced again.
Should home owners shop around for a roofing contractor?
The short answer is a resounding yes. The industry is plagued by contractors that tend to use less than professional installation methods. Roofing systems are becoming increasingly complex as the materials used evolve and improve. Quality contractors like us stay abreast of the latest changes in roofing materials and techniques and never cut corners on crucial elements like installing proper flashings around vents and chimneys. Property owners should, when possible, look at projects the contractors have completed and ask for references before signing any contracts.
Roofing contractors provide an important service for home and business owners in the Nashville area. By using only quality products and paying careful attention to installation details, they protect business and home owners investments. For more information, contact a professional today.
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