During the hustle and bustle of moving into a new home, homeowners often tend to forget to educate themselves on the importance of their new home’s roof system. New homeowners are excited and joyful about their new purchase, but the amount of responsibility and upkeep can be quite shocking. One of the most surprising responsibilities is the home’s roof.
Here are 5 things new homeowners need to know about their roof:
Too many times new homeowners realize their biggest purchase has just become a money pit. Before you even purchase a house, a professional roof inspection is a must. Be sure that your inspector climbs up to the roof instead of doing just a ground inspection. Every angle and aspect of a roof system should be inspected to prevent larger issues down the road. If you’ve already purchased a home that needs roof repairs or replacing, make sure to keep up with the monthly maintenance. Prolonging your roof’s life is always the goal.
Pay Attention to the Gutters
Your home’s gutters are probably the last thing on your mind. However, the gutters are one of the most important factors to your roof system. Rain gutters are designed to keep water away from your home’s foundation. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, sticks, and debris, they can’t effectively do their job. Gutters also play a key role in providing a place for water on the roof to run off, keeping the roof dry and preventing mold and mildew growth.
Previous Roof Documentation
If your new purchase is an older home, documentation of the roof’s replacement and maintenance is extremely important. If it’s not a new roof, inquire about the kinds of repairs that have been done, how often roof maintenance was completed, and if there have been any recurring issues. This allows for a smoother process in the future if you ever do need any repairs or are experiencing problems with your roof.
Preventative Maintenance is Key
Maintenance can be a hassle and if your roof has no current issues, it can seem unnecessary, but it’s always better to catch a small issue before it leads into a major one. A small leak or repair can lead to a whole roof replacement if you let an issue go on for too long or if you fail to catch it in the beginning stages. New homeowners should create a monthly roof maintenance checklist to help with consistency.
Find a Roof Inspector you Can Trust
Your roof is one of the main elements of your new home. Failing to have a trusty roof professional by your side can result in costly repairs and larger problems. The Aastro Roofing family has over 30 years of experience and we are driven to provide quality maintenance and impeccable service. If you’re looking to buy a new home or just became a new homeowner, contact a roofing professional for an inspection.
New homeowners need to be educated on the importance of the roof system and always keep an eye out for minor issues that could lead to serious problems. If you’re on the market for a professional roofing contractor you can trust, drop us a line. (561) 408-3280