Buying a new home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever have to make. Don’t think you can sigh in relief after you purchase the house because now it’s up to you to maintain it for as long as you live there — especially when it comes to the roof. For all of the new homeowners in the neighborhood, there are a few things you should know about your new home’s roof.
Know Your Current Roof
Before you purchased the house, you probably had an inspector look at it from the ground all the way up to the roof. This is where you found out about the current condition of your roof and if it’s in good shape, needs repairs, or needs to be fully replaced. Whatever the condition of the roof is, make sure you listen to the inspector’s advice now that it’s your responsibility. If repairs or replacement were recommended, see them through to protect your investment.
The roof of your new home should be inspected as the seasons change to make sure it is up to the task of protecting your home from rain, snow, wind, and a wide variety of hot and cold temperatures. You should also get into the habit of inspecting the roof and your property after severe storms, especially if there’s a lot of wind and precipitation. Do a visual inspection of the roof from a ladder on the outside as well as from inside of the attic.
Gutters Are a Part of the Roof
The gutter system is an integral part of your entire roofing system. Why? When rainfall lands on your roof, it will need to go somewhere. Having a properly installed and maintained gutter system will collect the rainfall and channel it down and away from your home. Those with clogged gutters will be prone to roof leaks that can severely damage the structure of the roof. If the gutters are damaged, water will drain close to the foundation of the home causing flooding. Make sure your gutters are in tip-top shape!
Congratulations on the new home, but the hard work is far from over — it’s time to maintain your investment! When your new home needs roofing and gutter repairs or replacement, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.