The roof is a crucial element of any home. Most first-time homeowners are on a learning curve and may not be aware of the importance of a healthy roof and the value it can add to a home, or the signs to watch for that indicates that there is a problem with the roofing system. It is helpful to have some knowledge about your own roof because it could save you money and limit stress. Here are some key things that owners should know about their roof.
A Roof Inspection Is Important
You get what you pay for but you don’t want a house with bad roofing. It’s beneficial to have a qualified roofing contractor inspect the roof of the house you wish to purchase before sealing the deal. That way, you’ll be aware of any repairs or upgrades needed to make your new home safe and comfortable and prevent a current issue from becoming a bigger problem in the future. Don’t expect a home inspector to do the job of a roofing contractor during the pre-sale inspection.
Roofs Aren’t Meant To Last Forever
Expect between 15 and 20 years of life expectancy for the typical residential roof. Still, factors such as brand, material and maintenance can impact the aging of a roofing system. Weather conditions, such as cold and warm temperatures can also play a role in speeding up a roof’s aging. Inspecting your roof and doing proper maintenance and repairs can extend your roof’s life, but there will come a time when it will need to be replaced. It will outlive its effectiveness.
Know The Location Of Trouble Spots
Trouble spots on the roof include flashings, gutters, soffit and fascia. Checking these trouble spots on a consistent basis can keep your roof in decent shape. These are areas that you could easily clean and repair yourself, if you are comfortable accessing your roof. Pay attention to things like the flashing around your chimney and look for rot and damage in the fascia and make repairs as needed.
Gutters Are Important To The Health Of Your Roof
It’s wise not to ignore your gutters, even if you don’t see them as part of the roof. Nonetheless, they play an important part in keeping your roof in solid condition. Gutters move water away from your home, but can also be a trap for mold and algae development if their maintenance is neglected. Mold and algae can spread to your roof and damage the fillers in your shingles. It is important to keep gutters clean to preserve the integrity of your roof’s structural components.
Contact Us Today
If you have concerns about your roof, give our team a call. We will handle your roofing replacement needs and provide you with service you can depend on. We can be reached over the phone at (781) 879-3406 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!