If you are about to own a home for the first time, you are likely excited for the road ahead but you also know you'll have your work cut out for you. A home requires regular maintenance to stay in good condition and maintain property value and one of the most important parts of a house to keep an eye on is the roof. Here's a rundown of roofing basics that every new homeowner should keep in mind.
Proper Water Management
A roof without the right system to remove water from the roof itself and also away from the home's foundation as it drains is going to cause a big problem sooner rather than later. Check into your current gutter or downspout system and make sure everything is working properly. Consider seamless gutters if you detect issues with leaves or grass developing a clog inside. Ensure water is removed from the roof itself promptly to avoid leaks and that the water runoff ends up where it's supposed to go.
Beyond the debris that might gather inside the gutter, also be mindful of debris that gathers on the roof itself over time. Some debris might attract pests looking to make their next nest or home. Debris could also affect water making it off of the roof and into the gutters and that could once again lead to a leak.
After Storm Inspections
If a big storm goes through your area and you can hear your house taking a beating, you should get into the habit of doing a visual inspection of the house exterior and the roof in particular after every tantrum from Mother Nature. You want to look especially for signs of any shingles or other roofing materials that have become loose.
If you want help maintain the right temperature in your house, avoid issues due to humidity, and extend the life of your roof as much as you can, take a look at your current attic ventilation. Make this one of your first projects after moving in if it appears to be inadequate.
For best results as a new homeowner, you should research local roofing contractors and hire someone to come out to your home at least once per year for a full inspection. You'll then also have a connection with someone if you do notice any potential problems in the future and need a quick fix.
For more information, contact a roofing contractor near you.