When planning a re-roof or buying a new property, details must be carefully thought-out prior to any installation. Concerning your roof, there are many different elements that will affect the final product. To help you protect your investment, we have compiled a list of the top three reasons for early roof failure.
Low Quality Materials
Using price as your primary factor when picking out your roof can hinder the outcome of the project. While it is true that paying more does not always get you a better-quality product, we recommend that you do extensive research on the longevity, durability and energy efficiency attributes of both the roofing materials and components that you are interested in and/or are being suggested by your roofing contractor. Note that a roof installation is more than just a beautiful roofscape, there are several layers of materials that are equally as important and serve an essential purpose.
Even after researching the best quality materials, you need to be careful when choosing a roofing professional to ensure a good installation. First, make sure that the company is licensed, bonded and insured. Next, if you decide on concrete roof tile, make sure that they have had plenty of experience doing this kind of work. Ask questions, get references and get installation addresses to see their work. This is very delicate craftsmanship that requires a lot of skill and knowledge, especially when using concrete roof tile as it requires a different installation method than other common materials. If you are unsure on where to start, you can always contact your local Eagle Account Representative or better yet, visit the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance for a list of contractors in your area.
Lack of Maintenance
A concrete tile roof can last you up to 75 years but there is some regular maintenance needed. Just as you take your vehicle to the mechanic for regular oil changes and inspections, you should make a conscious decision to have a professional inspect your roof once every year, especially after severe weather conditions. Regular inspection will help you save money in the long run since detecting repairs early can avoid a bigger structural issue in the future.
Investing a few extra hours into researching the material you are buying and asking around for recommendations on reputable roofing professionals can save you a lot of time and money in the future. Finally when you do have your beautiful roof, make sure to mark your calendar for a yearly roof checkup for peace of mind and long-term protection for years to come.