What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof
Being a new homeowner can be a little scary as it’s probably one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. A substantial part of that investment is your home’s roof as it protects your home and its contents. It is important to make sure your roof is properly maintained to extend its lifespan. To help we’ve created a list of fundamental things a new homeowner should know about their roof.
KEEP THE ROOF CLEAN:
Keeping your roof clean seems simple, and it is, but it’s also extremely important in preventing wood rot and water penetration. Leaves or pine needles trapped on a roof can retain enough moisture to cause damage. Make sure your roof is clear of any leaves, branches, dirt or debris. This is part of the roof maintenance provided by Houston Roofing.
KEEP THE GUTTERS CLEAN:
Although your gutters are separate from your roof they can still cause serious damage to your roof if not kept clean. Too much debris built up in your gutters prevents water from flowing properly. This can cause water to pool up and potentially flow back under your roofline and possibly into your home. A gutter system full of debris can also allow vegetation growth which will cause serious damage. Finally, the weight of a full gutter can cause it to pull away from the roofline. This exposes the gutter nails and allows water enter the fascia and soffit. Houston Roofing can help keep the gutter system in good working order.
IDENTIFY ROOF ISSUES:
First and foremost - DO NOT get on your roof. Please call a professional to assist with inspections. From the ground you may see lifted or buckled shingles, dips or waves in the decking, and even loose or damaged roof vents. These could be the initial indications of a potential roofing issue. Call Houston Roofing to schedule a comprehensive FREE inspection.
DO NOT ATTEMPT DIY ROOF REPAIRS:
STAY OFF YOUR ROOF!! Repairing a roof is not a DIY project, and someone who is not experienced can very easily cause more damage to the roof. Also, working on a roof is dangerous and you can easily hurt yourself. Save yourself the hassle and risk of injury by hiring a professional roofing company to make any repairs to your roof.
HAVE YOUR ROOF INSPECTED:
Often serious roofing damage can be difficult to locate and requires a professional roofing company to conduct a proper inspection. Don’t let the damage get worse, have your roof inspected every year as part of regular home maintenance.
EXPECT TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF:
Last but not least every homeowner needs to realize that roofs do not last forever and eventually will need to be replaced. This can be a costly process and something you should prepare for. Find out your roof’s age and expected lifespan. A roofing prosessional can provide this information during a routine inspection. This can help you plan financially for the expense.
Houston Roofing Services:
- Roof Replacements
- Roofing Repair
- Free Roof Inspections
- Roof Storm Damage Repair
- Roof Insurance Claims