5 Things Every New Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof

As a homeowner, one of the last things you probably want to think about is your roof. In fact, the only time most homeowners think about their roofs is when there is a storm or when they experience a leak. However, it’s important to put some thought into your roof before these catastrophes occur. Here are five things every home owner should know about their roof that will help them make proactive decisions if needed.

1. Your Roof Won’t Live Forever

It would be nice if a roof would last as long as the home it covered, but this just isn’t the case. Most asphalt roofs need replaced every 15 to 20 years, assuming they have been installed correctly. Individual shingles may need replaced before that if they are damaged or begin to curl or crack. Make sure you know how old the roof is if you’ve purchased a home so you know when a replacement will be due.

2. Your Gutters Need Cleaned

Clogged gutters aren’t just unattractive—they can also hurt your roof and the foundation of your home. If your gutters are clogged and a big rainstorm hits, the water cannot flow freely down the spouts and away from your home. Instead, it collects and can pool under shingles. This causes leaks and the deterioration of your roof. Get gutters cleaned regularly to prevent this mishap.

3. Leaks Aren’t Always Obvious

Everyone knows that if water starts pouring into their living room, they have a leak. However, most leaks aren’t this obvious. Something as small as a paint bubble on the ceiling or a mild wall discoloration could be the sign of a roof leak. Keep your eyes open for any subtle signs and call a reputable contractor if you suspect a leak.

4. Your Roof Should Be Inspected on a Regular Basis

Many homeowners reserve roof inspections for when they put their home on the market or after a large hail storm. However, most asphalt or composite shingle roofs need a professional inspection every three years to identify damage or deterioration. Catching problems early can mean the difference between a small repair and a complete replacement.

5. You Should Leave Repairs to the Pros

Crawling up on the roof to repair a curled shingle might seem like a great way to save money—but it will likely cause more damage than its worth. Not only is there the possibility of getting hurt, but you may compromise the roof’s structural integrity if you don’t know what you’re doing. No matter how small, roof repairs should always be left to the professionals.

If you have any questions about your roof or are due for an inspection, please feel free to reach out or to visit our website for more information.