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Roof systems are designed to last around 20 years—even longer for certain types. But several factors such as weather conditions, design, material, application, and maintenance could shorten the lifespan of your roof.

It is the most vulnerable part of your house or building since it is directly exposed to the environment and harsh elements that could cause decay and deterioration.

Roofs are not immune to the effects of extreme heat, heavy rains, strong winds, natural disasters, etc. and these can have lasting effects on your roof’s performance unless addressed as soon as possible.

But you don’t have to wait for leaks or other severe damage to take place before you start taking care of your roof.

Periodic inspection and preventive maintenance activities at least twice a year is recommended to extend the service life of a roof system and keep costs down.

With preventive maintenance, this would mean a longer time between replacements. A non-maintained roof has a shorter life span compared with one showered with proper care.

Regular check ups will also help avoid structural damage to the entire structure of your house or building. Leaks that are not addressed could lead to rusts and rotten wood, which could mean a costly fix.

As home or business owners, there are a few, simple things you can do on your own to keep your roof in tip-top shape. This includes regular visual inspections and clearing gutters of dead leaves and debris. Within the building premises, keep an eye on cracked paint, wall discoloration and peeling wallpaper.

But there’s only so much you can do and you’ll eventually require professional help as not all roof problems are evident to non-professionals.

Plus, there’s a risk of causing damage to your roof—or worse, you could injure yourself—if you conduct your own roof maintenance or repairs. If not done correctly, this could also lead to more expenses.

When it comes to your roof’s health, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)—a nonprofit trade association in the roofing industry—insists that home and business owners should only work with a professional roofing contractor.

Roofers have the necessary training to keep your roof in good condition.

They are trained and licensed to safely and efficiently conduct repairs or replacement of roof systems. Also part of their job is to help you determine the health and estimate the life of the roof, develop a maintenance plan and safety is among their top priority.

Apart from having the knowledge on fixing your roof, professional roof contractors have also invested in tools, gear, and equipment to prevent accidents from happening while doing their jobs.

Their services come with a warranty.

Contractors include warranties in their work to give clients peace of mind after the installation or repairs are done. The roofers will address any issue arising right after their service without added costs. However, you should clarify what is covered under warranty to avoid extra charges.

You are guaranteed quality materials.

Being in the industry for years, your roofer already knows which materials are right for your roof and how much of the material is needed to execute repairs. They know where to source the correct roofing materials since they have developed a network of suppliers over the years.

It’s cost-effective and saves you time.

Doing your own repairs would mean you need to buy equipment and materials to do the job. It could also be a daunting and time-consuming job. But when you hire a professional roofer, everything is already included in their service, and it saves you from making a mistake or hurting yourself or your roof.

Your roof is an integral part of your house or building, and its main job is to protect you. So make your investment worthwhile and hire a professional to take care of your roof.

For roofing maintenance with a proven track record and an excellent reputation in the Bay Area, call Yorkshire Roofing.

Yorkshire Roofing has been serving has Northern California since 1988 and has grown into one of the premier roofing companies in the area. It specializes in residential, commercial, condominium associations, and apartments.