A COMPLICATED ROOF IS DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN
Simply put, the more complex your roofing system, the more complex the roof maintenance is. You have to have specialized equipment, extra materials, and specific knowledge. A complex roofing system is difficult to maintain, while a simple roofing system is, by definition, easy to maintain. What are your options to install a simpler roofing system and reduce your roofing budget?
Keep Your Current System
One option to reduce your roofing budget would be to keep your current roofing system. This doesn’t mean to keep it for 50 years, long past it’s useful life, but it means not replacing your roof too soon and therefore learning how to maintain a new system. Every time you install a new roof you have to purchase new equipment and material, and acquire the knowledge of how to fix it. By keeping your current roofing system in place for longer, you ensure that you can utilize the skills and knowledge and equipment you acquire for a longer time, and save money. What happens if you must replace your roof?
Cover Your Current System
As laid out in the previous section, replacing your roof with a new type of roof will make it more difficult to maintain and will burst your budget. Don’t tear off your roof and replace with a new, different, complicated system. Instead what you can do is cover your existing roof with a simpler roof. You can use spray foam or a silicone coating to re-roof over your existing roof. Both spray foam and roof coatings are extremely easy to maintain, easier than any other system. By choosing to cover your current roof with one of these two systems, you will ensure that your repairs and maintenance are easy to take care of.
Repairing Fluid-Applied Systems
If you elect to install a spray foam or silicone coating over your current system, you’ll find maintenance is a breeze. Should you find a slit, crack, or damaged area, all you need to do is clean the effected area, which can be done with a wet rag, and then apply silicone caulk and smooth out. Voila. You just made a repair and it took less than 5 minutes and no special skills. No system is easier to maintain than fluid-applied systems.
Maintaining your roof can be time-intensive and expensive. Choosing a simple roofing system can save you more time and money than most people think possible. Don’t waste time on repairs and maintenance, use a simple restoration coating.