New Homeowner’s Guide to Roof Maintenance
Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! It’s likely the biggest purchase you’ll make in your life, and, as a wise homeowner, it’s important to understand how vital your roof is in protecting the rest of your home from weather damage.
Many new homeowners don’t realize how much maintenance their former landlords put into roof upkeep and don’t think about roofing until the roof fails. A little preventative maintenance starting shortly after move-in day can help cut repair bills later down the line – as well as all the hassles that come with a leaky roof.
Mind Your Trees
If your new home has mature landscaping, your home may enjoy the shade of trees. It may also be at risk of damage. Branches that grow into roofs can damage shingles and other roofing materials, and branches that are away from your home may rub against roofing in a wind storm. Protect your roof by ensuring limbs are trimmed well away from your home.
Weather the Storm
Colorado has its share of extreme weather, and most roofing materials are designed to take most of the abuse mother nature throws at it. Extreme wind and hail have been known to damage roofing, particularly older roofs. After large storms, visually inspect your roof from the ground for missing or mangled shingles or mounds of roofing materials at your down spouts as a hint your roof may need some professional work.
Keep it Clean
Dead leaves and other debris shouldn’t collect on your roof, and it’s vital you clean your rain gutters at least once a year to ensure proper drainage and prevent ice build up from damaging roofing.
Know Your Homeowners Policy
Insurance companies know the importance of a sound roof, and frequently cover repairs after storms and other calamities to head off structural damage. You may not need to foot the bill for your repair in many circumstances. Talk with your insurance agent, or let B&M Roofing contact them after providing a quote.