What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roofs
If you are about to become or have recently become a homeowner, congratulations! Homeownership is an exciting and expansive adventure, filled with opportunities for growth and learning.
If you haven't previously owned a home, you are likely to have several questions about preserving your property to protect its value. It's essential to develop good habits with regard to caring for and maintaining your home.
Maintenance? No one told me!
Yes, you will have to perform regular inspections and service different aspects of your home in order to protect it. One aspect of your home that is most shrouded in mystery is your roof. Many inexperienced homeowners give little thought to the function of a roof until a problem occurs. Your roof is actually one of the essential parts of your home, as it protects you from the elements, helps to regulate the temperature inside your home, and adds curb appeal to your property. Here are some other functions of your roof:
Protects your home’s structure and your possessions
Protects your loved ones
Protects interior and exterior surfaces from excess water damage
Protects you and your loved ones from extreme temperatures and weather conditions
Protects your home from pest infestations
Here are some things to know to get you started on the road to responsible home and roof maintenance. Put these simple steps into practice, and your home will continue to serve you well for years to come:
Conduct regular maintenance inspections
Regardless of whether you have experienced inclement weather, you will need to conduct routine maintenance inspections of your roof and your home to ensure that your assets are protected. Scheduling service from trusted professionals, like Len’s Roofing, is always a good idea, as they have the knowledge and experience needed to diagnose and treat minor issues, so they don’t become significant repairs down the road. The best season to schedule regular inspections is summer, as there is no need to sidestep excessive debris, and there are no adverse weather conditions that may threaten safety.
Getting the most out of your annual inspection means knowing how to read your inspection report. Finding a trusted roofing professional who can lead you through difficult language is critical to understanding what is needed for repair and maintenance. If something is present that needs attention, it is best to repair it as soon as possible to reduce the risk of more significant repair or replacement. Keep up with these annual inspections, and you’ll be able to preserve and possibly extend the life of your roof.
Conduct regular maintenance as needed
You may think that those loose shingles are not a problem but think again. Loose shingles and flashings are an open gateway for debris, moisture, and even pests to enter your home. Quite often, a problem can exist like this undetected until suddenly you see water stains on the ceiling inside your home. Visible water stains indicate that there has been damage to roof structures for some time. If your annual inspection report suggests that you tighten things up or replace loose or broken shingles and flashings, get it done promptly to avoid more costly repairs down the road.
While you’re at it, check your roof for debris such as tree branches and leaves. Standing debris can attract standing water, and this can soften shingles and cause mold and algae growth in places where this debris has piled up. Consider having your roof regularly swept, and gutters cleaned to reduce the possibility of standing water anywhere on your roof.
Find a trusted roofing professional you can work with long term
Owning a home is a serious commitment; you will want to find trusted professionals who can help you navigate maintenance and service issues with confidence. Finding a roofing contractor to give you valuable advice and quality service will be invaluable in protecting your home and its value for as long as you own it.
At Len’s Roofing, our professional and qualified staff are committed to educating and servicing our clients on all aspects related to roof integrity, design, and maintenance. With over twenty years of excellent service, our standards for ourselves are high, and our commitment to quality work is exceptional. We will work with you to maintain, repair, and even replace your roof, creating a look that enhances your home, expresses your personal style, and gives you peace of mind that your most valuable asset is protected. If you are looking to develop a long-term relationship with a trusted roofing contractor, look no further. We have the knowledge, tools, and service to attend to all of your roofing needs. Call us today at 941-896-7897 or visit us at www.lensroofing.com to set up your first inspection today.