Understanding Your Roof

Do you know how frequently you should have your roof inspected? Do you know what signs to look for that indicate your roofing system needs attention and/or repair?  Do not wait for a disaster to happen before you get your roof inspected. Each season, when you clean your gutters out, is typically a good time to have your roof inspected and after the winter season. One area that people tend to forget when it comes to roof inspection is the attic (if applicable).  Checking the underside of your roof via the attic is a good way to catch issues before they become too big.

If purchasing an older home or previously owned home, make sure you find out how old is the roof, when was the last time it was inspected, have there been any repairs made to it, and definitely get it inspected before purchasing the home.

Do not assume that just because you have a newly built home that you don’t have to worry about roofing issues.  For new construction homes, always make sure you find out the company that installed your roof, the type of products they used (ask for a profile from the builder/contractor), and what is the warranty for the products they used, and what is the warranty from the contractor. The realtor you work with will typically be able to get this information for you. Over the years, I have come across a lot of homeowners with newly built homes who have unexpected issues arise with their roofs.

Another key item to look into when it comes to your roof is knowing what your homeowner’s insurance covers in terms of replacing your roof or repairs. Repairing or replacing a roof can be a very high expense that a lot of homeowners don’t budget for.

A few good resources to review to help answer some questions about your roofing system are www.everybodyneedsaroof.com., www.realtor.com, www.hsh.com (homeowner’s maintenance checklist). Being informed is key to making sure you stay on top of keeping your roofing system in good condition which in turn leads to a safer home and efficient energy costs.

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Exterior House Care

Things you can have done to the exterior of your home without having the service providers enter your home. (COVID-19 adjustments).

This is not a complete list of some of your exterior home needs but more of a list to help you figure out what you can get done during this COVID-19 pandemic. As always, do your research on the service provider you are thinking about using before you schedule your service. Reviews are a good way to help you figure out if that particular service provider is right for your project.

1-If you have a deck, rear or front, this is the time to get it inspected and re-stain or seal if needed. Catch small repairs early to avoid expensive costs later. The same goes for your wood privacy fence.

2-Remulch your flower beds or garden beds.

3-Get your roof inspected to catch small issues before they turn into huge, more expensive issues.

4-If your house is painted, inspect to see if it is time for a refresh. If you have vinyl siding or brick, take a walk around your home to see if there is a need for pressure washing.  Also, check your driveway and sidewalks to see if they need to be pressure washed.

5-Get your gutters inspected and cleaned of their fall and winter debris.

6-If you have and use your fireplace on a regular basis, this is a good time to get your chimney inspected. For this one, the service provider may need to come inside to inspect the inside of the chimney from the fireplace.

7-Inspect your garage door and its components to ensure they are in proper working order.

8-Does your driveway need to be repaved? This would pertain more so to those in rural areas who tend to have extensive driveways/roads to enter their property.

9-Powerwash your home, driveway, decks, etc.

10-Get some much-needed landscaping done. 

11-Great time to get your windows cleaned (after the pollen leaves of course)!