Owning a new home can be both thrilling and frightening. You are excited to finally be able to have a space that you can call your own, that you can change to suit your design aesthetic. Having the ability to change your house to reflect your personality is a huge dose of freedom. However, this freedom comes at a cost - maintaining your home on your own. You are responsible for the safety and security of your house. This means performing constant maintenance and preventative care of your home. Nothing is as important to ensure it remains in good standing as your home’s roof. Making sure your roof is in good condition is a huge factor in the overall status of your house.
As a new homeowner, however, you may not know how to keep your roof in good repair, or even where to begin to determine if your roof needs maintenance. By following these few simple steps, you should be able to maintain your roof and extend its life as much as possible.
Before you even sign the contract to buy your first home, you should get the house inspected. This includes the roof. Getting it inspected by a professional will show you any problem areas that may need to be immediately addressed. You should contract your own inspector to do this, as the home inspectors that are usually involved with the sale of a home do not typically climb on the roof itself, which is necessary to be able to accurately identify any problems. Having the knowledge of the status of your roof is an important aspect of any roof maintenance routine. If you don’t know your roof’s baseline status, you will have no idea where to start. Identifying problem areas early can also save you money and hassle in the long run.
After your initial inspection, you should make sure you roof is inspected annually. However, if you see peeling or curling shingles, exposed nails, or discolored areas, you may need to schedule an inspection sooner rather than later, even if your annual inspection is coming up. Your roof should also be inspected after any severe weather season. Severe weather can cause roofs to have unique problems, and thus shouldn’t be ignored.
While professional contractors should be used for any large repairs that need to be done, there are a few activities you can partake in to prolong the life of your roof. One of the most important parts of the roof, the gutters, often get overlooked. Additionally, you should know what material your roof is made of. As different roofing materials have different maintenance and repair requirements, knowing what your roof is made of is imperative in keeping it in good shape. Finally, you can make sure any large branches or trees are removed from around the roof, especially if a storm or hurricane is on the way. Taking this simple preventative step can prove to save your roof from large amounts of damage, should the storm hit.
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