New Homeowners: What You Need To Know About Your Roof

Congrats on your new home purchase! You are likely busy moving and unpacking and we wish you the best as you get all settled in. Now that you are a homeowner, there are many things maintenance wise that you need to become familiar with. One of these things is your roof. Here are a few things to know about roofing.

Be aware of roof condition
You likely received an inspection before buying your home. Take a look at the report again and familiarize yourself with any items that can become an issue in the future. Even if these are minor issues, don’t ignore them.
Knowing what condition your roof is in can help protect your investment. Stay on top of any problems (broken shingles or other damage) and fix them when they appear. Waiting to take action on roofing issues until the problem becomes major can be costly.

Inspect annually
Usually a roof inspection certificate is valid for two to five years. If your home is brand new, it was inspected after install to ensure work is up to the buildings code. Other times it is a good idea to do an inspection:

  1. After a storm
  2. When selling a home
  3. When purchasing a home
  4. Routine preventative maintenance

Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements (sun, rain, wind), and wear and tear will slowly begin to show. As a new homeowner, you will want to get as much use out of your current roof that you can. Roofs are an expensive piece of the home. Roofs that are not maintained well will get only about 50% of its expected life.

It is recommended to inspect the roof twice, once in the spring and again in fall. Doing your inspections after the snowy/rainy winter and after hot and sunny summer is best.

Look for damage
Keeping an eye out for damage can help prevent problems later on. If you see any potential problems it is a good idea to contact Jimmy’s Roofing so we can professional inspect your roof and provide necessary repairs or replacements.
Here are some key things to watch for:

  1. Cracking
  2. Damaged or curled shingles
  3. Cracked shingles
  4. Loose shingles
  5. Missing shingles
  6. Damage around vent pipes
  7. Moss or lichen
  8. Grit from asphalt roof tiles in your gutters
  9. Rusted flashing
  10. Deteriorating vent boots
  11. Damage around chimneys, skylights and attic vents
  12. Signs of leaks, black spots, peeling paint, stain

Know your warranty/insurance coverage
As a new homeowner, it is important to know about your warranty (or lack of). If something goes wrong you want to make sure you are covered.

We wish you the best of luck as you start life in your new home!
For any of your roofing needs contact Jimmy’s Roofing.