If you are in the process of buying your first home, Congratulations! First-time homeownership is an exciting development in your life, and a house is an incredibly valuable investment for you and your family’s future. As a new homeowner, however, it’s important to understand your relationship with your home and how to keep it in great shape for years to come. One part of the home that new homeowners frequently find themselves clueless about is the roof and how to maintain it.
Most home inspectors will pass a house saying that the roof still has 5 to 10 years left. However, most inspectors aren’t trained to look at a house roof and are good at inspecting issues such as furnaces or any foundation problems. Look for roofers in Albany that can do a thorough inspection, do your research and look at different roofing companies and their credibility to pick the best one for your new house.
Once you have a roofing contractor in mind, it’s time to schedule an appointment. The best season for roof inspections is in the summer, hands down. The good weather makes it easier to inspect a roof, and perform any maintenance that is necessary. After your first roof inspection, it is good practice to have one conducted annually – generally in the late summer months like August or September, immediately before the harsher seasons of fall and winter in most climates.
Getting the most out of your roof inspection from your roofing contractor requires careful consideration of your inspection report. Take any issues that you, and the roofing contractor find seriously. Do not assume that because your roof is young it will not have major problems. If something comes up and it’s on your report, address it immediately. The last thing you want is to be left out in the cold – quite literally – in the winter, with a damaged roof.
Here are some things that you as a new homeowner may need to look out for while getting a roof inspection done for your house by roofers in Albany.
1- Look for any discoloration in the shingles.
2- See if the ridge cap shingles are a different color, many times the ridge cap shingles will be slightly different colors, meaning that the ridge vent was leaking and has been replaced, this would indicate that the whole roof is in a need of a replacement after the ridge vent has failed.
3- 4-foot horizontal lines going horizontally across the roof, this means that plywood has gotten wet and soaked up water. Other signs that would confirm that fact is popped out nails, and raising of the studs. All of these factors imply that the roof was previously leaking or still is.
5- Another thing to look at is the condition of the chimneys counter flashing, a good tell of how old the shingles are is to look at the bottom few courses right at the eaves and see if you can see areas where shingle color has worn away, if that is the case then all you would be able to see is the black fiberglass matt. If the fiberglass matt is visible that means that all the granules have fallen off and the fiberglass matt is just soaking up water and will leak soon.
Ones the initial steps of getting your roof inspected by roofers in Albany is done and you now own your dream house, follows the responsibility to maintain your roof throughout the years that you will be living at the house.
Weather and wind can take a toll on your roof quickly and can wear down roofing materials quickly. Blown-off shingles, for example, weaken the overall strength of a house’s roof and need to be replaced. It’s always easier to replace a few missing pieces than the entire roof.
Additionally, if you live in a wooded area or near trees, it’s important to regularly brush off debris from your roof. The added weight of leaves particularly in the autumn, when trees shed their leaves they can press down on your roof, and weaken the integrity. Similarly, you will want to clean out your gutters of leaves and dirt so they can adequately drain rainwater, which is also a threat to your roof if left unchecked.
More than anything else, you should also understand your roof’s warranty and insurance policy. Infinite Roofing and Construction provides a 10-year in-house warranty. Should you get a new roof from us, we will cover the install and materials for 10 years. Insurance does not always cover roofing damage, so be sure to carefully check over your policy to know what is and is not covered, this way you will be ready to protect your roof from damages in the future.