What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

If you just bought a home, you likely got an inspection that included analysis of the roofing components. Even if the inspection “passed,” there are still things you should know about your roof for now and for the future. As a new homeowner, you’re probably not fully aware of all the maintenance and responsibilities that are required.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your roof.

Be Proactive Rather Than Reactive

If you want your roof to last as long as possible (and who doesn’t?), you should perform regular inspections. This will prevent a costly repair and ensure you get the most lifespan out of your roof as you can. Here at Ferris Roofing, we offer a preventative maintenance program that will give you the confidence you need to know your roof is fully efficient.

Know the Material

Knowing what material your roof is made of will help you understand how to maintain it. If you bought a home that’s not brand new, do the research on the material and what the care requirements are for the various roofing styles, such as:

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Tile
  • Metal
  • Slate
  • Wood Shingles

It may be helpful to speak with a local roofing professional who can help you understand the material, how the weather will impact it, and what maintenance should be done on an annual basis to preserve its health.

Know Your Roof’s Birthday

The age of the roof should have been disclosed by the sellers. Write the birthday of the roofing system down so you don’t forget. This will become very important as your roof nears the end of its lifespan. As it gets older, you may find yourself spending more and more money on unnecessary costly repairs. You may be best off replacing the roof than pouring more money into an aging roof.

Don’t Forget About Your Gutters

You may be spending so much time and energy ensuring the roof is in good condition that you may ignore the gutter system completely. But gutters are an important component of your roofing system, as the two go hand in hand. Gutters are designed to move water away from your home to keep mold and algae growth at bay and to prevent water from pooling at the foundation.

Remember, neglected gutters can impact the structural components of the roof, even a relatively new one. Make sure you’re cleaning out your gutters well and often.

Choose a Reputable Roofer

If you bought the home knowing it would need a new roof in the near future, it’s never too early to start the hunt for a reputable company. A roof is a big investment for any homeowner, which means it’s critical to select a professional roofing contractor with many years of experience and skill in order to safeguard your home for the years to come.

An experienced and licensed roofer will install your roof properly, using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

Contact Ferris Roofing

If you’re a new homeowner and want to have a discussion about putting on a new roof or signing up for a maintenance program, contact us at 817-435-4539.