Owning a home brings a feeling of accomplishment, but the added responsibility can be pretty scary for first-time homeowners. One of the biggest responsibilities is making sure that the roof over your head is in good shape and well maintained. Your roof protects your family and possessions, so it should never be an afterthought.
Get Your Roof Inspected
If you don’t know when your roof was serviced last you may want to have the roof professionally inspected. A seasoned roofing contractor will know how to spot potential issues and can give you a good picture of your roof’s condition.
Check Regularly for Issues
It’s not wise to get on the roof to inspect it for issues, but there are some things you can keep an eye out for. Look for wear around the chimney, roof flashing, and the boots that surround the kitchen and bathroom ventilation tubes. You can also use binoculars to look for loose nails or cracked and curling shingles. These can all be warning signs that your roof needs some serious attention.
Inspect for Damage After Severe Weather
After a storm, ice accumulation, or heavy snowfall you need to inspect your roof. High winds, heavy rains, and freezing precipitation can all cause damage to your roof. These can often cause roof leaks, gutter and insulation damage, and a host of other problems.
Watch for Roof Rot
Roof rot can be a serious issue. Leaves, moss, and algae build-up can cause your roof to hold water. This build up will accelerate the rotting process. If left unchecked boards will rot and can let moisture into your attic or cause leaky ceilings.
Clean Your Gutters
Making sure your gutters are clean will cut down on the chances of roof rot. Clogged gutters can actually damage your roof. They can cause water to accumulate on your roof, accelerating wear and encouraging rot and mold growth. If your gutters become weighed down with dead leaves the weight can cause them to fall off the side of your roof, causing further damage.
Eventually, Your Roof Will Need to Be Replaced
Not even a well maintained roof lasts forever. . As a homeowner, you should anticipate your roof needing to be replaced at some point. On average new roofs are designed to last for 20 years. Clay tiles and metal roofing are more expensive, but they offer better longevity than traditional shingles.
Budget for Roofing Costs
A new roof can be expensive. You should plan ahead to take some of the pain and burden out of paying for it. It’s a good idea to have a contingency fund for all home repairs.
First Out Roofing: Your First Choice in Roof Repair
First Out Roofing takes the stress and anxiety out of roof replacement and repairs, especially in urgent situations. When your roof springs a leak during rainy weather, we will rush over and patch it to keep your house dry. We also work with your insurance company to get better results from the claims process. Call us today or use our convenient form to schedule a free roofing consultation for your home!