Los Angeles roofers lay out maintenance

Avoid paying more by calling a professional to help maintain your roof periodically.  (Photo courtesy of Colin Kessler)

Avoid paying more by calling a professional to help maintain your roof periodically. (Photo courtesy of Colin Kessler)

A roof is one of the most important parts of any house, and it should be properly maintained to prolong life expectancy and avoid unforeseen problems and costs.

During August 2011, Angie’s List members searched the List 1,447 times and called into our call center 56 times requesting information about Los Angeles roofers in their areas. We spoke with two of our highly rated service providers – Justin Shirley of Brea Roofing in Brea, Calif., and Harold Early of Tower Roofing in Santa Barbara, Calif., to find out how to take care of roofs of all materials.

Shirley says composition asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because of their affordability. Unfortunately, this type of material is the one in need of most maintenance.

“You probably want to get maintenance once every 10 years,” Shirley says.

Call in a professional to check for shingle damage, repair those in need and to help clear debris off of the roof and to trim away any low-hanging trees or branches that could be causing or potentially cause damage.

The Los Angeles sun is roof’s No. 1 enemy, Shirley says, so having a professional in to repair sun-damaged shingles could save a homeowner from a bigger replacement job down the road.

“Over time, the sun’s gonna beat those products up,” Shirley says.

Metal roofing, which has a life expectancy of about 50 years, is virtually maintenance free, Shirley says.

“On metal roofing, not a lot can go wrong,” he says.

Early says proper ventilation of roofs of all materials is the key to longevity.

“If you have enough, it will cool the attic, and it helps the materials last a little longer,” he says.

Early also recommends sealing off pipes every five years or so. As this requires getting on top of the roof, he also recommends calling upon the help of a professional Los Angeles roofing contractor.

“I’ve seen, over the years, many fall off and get hurt,” he says. “Don’t go up there at all.”


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