The roof is your home’s first line of defense against wind and rain, but many homeowners don’t give their roof any thought until a problem occurs.

Imagine if the only time you considered taking your car into the shop was when something was wrong. Instead, most understand the importance of routine maintenance in order to extend the life of their car and to keep it running smoothly.

The same principle applies to roofing.

Whether you have asphalt shingles or some other type of roof, regular maintenance protects the investment you made in a roof replacement. The professional roofers at RJW Exteriors, an A+ BBB accredited roofing company that has served New Jersey since 1994, has put together a list of some of the reasons why maintenance is important.

Avoid Expensive Repairs
The earlier roofing contractors spot a problem, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix. Repairs left undone lead to further deterioration of the roof. If you wait until you notice a leak or other resulting problems, it’s likely that you’re going to pay much more for the repairs than you would have if it had been spotted sooner during a routine inspection.

Prevent Secondary Issues
A few loose shingles may not be a big deal, but if left unnoticed—and, therefore, unrepaired—it can lead to interior damage, mold, loss of property stored in the attic, and a host of other problems that could have been easily avoided with regular roof inspections and maintenance.

Extend the Life of Your Roof
You want your roof to last as long as possible, and maintenance helps to make that happen. Roofers will reseal any weak spots in the flashing and correct other issues that contribute to the breakdown of the roof over time.

Meet Warranty Requirements 
Some roof warranties require that routine maintenance be performed. Failing to do so may void the warranty and leave you without protection from the manufacturer should you have an issue down the road. Your roofing contractors can explain the specific requirements of your roof warranty.

In addition to roof maintenance provided by a professional, homeowners should also take care of routine roof upkeep such as keeping gutters clean, removing debris from roof, and watching for ice dams.

RJW Exteriors can help with all of your roofing repair, replacement, and maintenance needs. Give us a call today to learn more about our highly reviewed services or fill out our online form now to schedule a free consultation.