The roof of your Hilton Head Island home is one of the most important defenses against the elements. Keeping your home sheltered and protected are two major roles your roof plays, so it is no surprise that damage done to your roof leaves your home at major risk.
Roof Repair In Hilton Head Island
Being proactive about proper roof maintenance will absolutely help extend the life of your roof and reduce the need for major roof repairs, but even with that there are still major risks to your roof that cannot be avoided. Here are just a few you should be aware of:
- Putting off repairs. First and foremost, failure to act and get roof repairs taken care of as soon as possible will only lead to further (not to mention more severe) roof damage. Lack of routine maintenance and inspection will allow problems that are present to worsen and put your home at increased risk of further damage. Keep up on maintenance and schedule a free yearly inspection with Coastal Roofing to stay on top of things and fix problems before they become disasters.
- Age. Probably the most common reason for needing roof repairs is simply age. While roofing materials are made to last, even the best of the best products are subject to damage over time. As your roof ages, the materials become weak and brittle, and begin to shed off. The average lifespan of a shingle roof can vary based on a number of different factors like climate, materials used, and installation. On average though, architectural asphalt shingles last 24-30 years. Metal roofs can last anywhere from 30-40 years, and concrete tile can last 35-50 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, or is past its warranty, it may be time to consider repairs or even replacement.
- The elements. Water, cold temperatures, wind, storms, and high heat, all take their toll on your roof. While we don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures too often here in Hilton Head Island, our roofs are still exposed to water, wind, storms, and lots of exposure to the sun’s rays. Winds, thunderstorms, and hurricanes test the integrity of your roof, along with UV light from the sun. Having your roof inspected following severe weather can help catch damaged areas quickly so you can get them resolved. Ventilating and insulating your attic will help protect your roof from excess heat and reduce the impact of the sun on your roofing.
- Poor installation. We know that roofs are expensive. Consequently, to save money, some homeowners attempt to install on their own or go with someone who does it for cheap. The problem is many roof repairs are directly related to improper installation work. Roofing over old shingles is poor practice and can actually cause more leaks and breaks. Incorrect fastening or overlapping of shingles incorrectly will cause more problems down the road, and so will failing to install proper flashing or not using an underlayment. These problems are 100% preventable when you hire the right people for the job. When it comes to your roof, only the best will do. You can count on Coastal Roofing to properly install or handle your roof repairs.