Taking a few minutes to make some minor, but critical, house checks every season can save you plenty!
Your home is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. That’s why keeping it in good, working condition – inside and out — is critical to ensuring your family’s quality of life and, when and if the time comes to sell, allows you to sell for potentially a better price. But the biggest reason to be proactive with home repairs by fixing the problem when it’s just starting to show, is that, if ignored, a small issue can easily morph into a huge expense in very little real time.
Just some due diligence performed on a routine basis, such as twice a year or before the change of each season, can provide you with invaluable peace of mind and help you avoid any substantial, unplanned expenses. And the older your home, the more important are these seasonal spot checks.
Here is one of several places in your home you’ll certainly want to stay on top of and a snapshot of the potential expense if you don’t:
Make roof maintenance your top priority! After all, it shields everything and everyone in the home from the elements. Simple warning signs include:
- Leaks in the home
- Missing roof shingles
Tips to Avoid Roof Repairs
You can always tell when a roof needs repair or replacement. Check for weak spots and missing shingles. Indoors, make it a habit to look up at your ceilings periodically for signs of leaks. When a roof needs repair, it’s important to get it done fast. A good roof is expected to last 20—25 years. Besides your own visual check, you may want to hire professionals to inspect 10 years after installation and every 3-5 years after. Fixing minor roof leaks that occur around loose flashing or vent pipes following storms are minor repairs.
Roof repair costs can increase with the age of the roof, due to several layers of shingles needing to be removed, or worse, damage to the underlayment beneath the shingles. All this is contingent on the size of the roof, the materials used and whether the new roof is simply a tear-off job or one that involves extensive repair. The average life of asphalt roofing shingles is, at a minimum 15 years, although some manufacturers offer warranties of up to 30 years.
Average Cost of Roof Repairs
The cost and labor for an asphalt roof for a 1,200-square-foot house in larger markets across the country ranges between $4,100 and $6,000. A new asphalt shingles roof for a typical 2,000 square feet single-story ranch house can range in price from $8,500-$16,500 installed.