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Sylvania Roofing: Article About Planned Maintenance Programs

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Properly maintaining a roof can extend its life and prevent costly repairs. Except for sudden catastrophes, lack of maintenance is the main reason for roofing failure. How do homeowners maintain their roofs? They could climb a ladder once or twice a year and look at the shingles, but most homeowners do not have the knowledge or experience to spot damage before it becomes a repair need. An easier solution would be to purchase a planned maintenance program from a reputable Sylvania roofing company. This option ensures the roof is properly maintained and that homeowners never have to worry about surprise problems.

Maintenance programs vary among roofers, so homeowners should make sure what types of services are included in their particular program. Many roof maintenance programs include gutter and downspout cleaning. Ideally, gutters should be cleaned out and the downspouts checked for clogs twice a year. Keeping gutters free and clear of debris can prevent a host of serious problems in everything from the foundation to the roof.

After a storm, a roof may have sustained damage that is not readily apparent. If left undone, these small repairs could lead to a leaking roof. Many roof maintenance plans include post storm inspections. These inspections look for hail damage to shingles or shingles that may have been blown off by the wind.

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Minor repairs may be included in the maintenance plan. However, a roof damaged by hail is often a case for the insurance company.

The roof's flashing is its first defense against leaks associated with roof penetrations. A quality maintenance inspection will check all of the roof's flashing and the sealants that accompany it. Flashing is most often made of strips of aluminum, which can corrode and lose its ability to keep water out. The best roofing grade sealants will last about five years before needing to be replaced. By checking the sealants every year, homeowners can avoid the damage caused by a leaking roof.

Every roofing material has a certain life expectancy. Experienced roofers are able to see the signs that a roof is nearing the end of its useful life before it starts to fail. Additionally, a roofer is often able to detect problems with the roof's decking by walking the roof. This type of knowledge and expertise cannot be duplicated by a homeowner on the ground with a pair of binoculars and makes purchasing a planned roofing maintenance program well worth the cost.

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