If you’re a new home owner, congratulations – it can be a big decision in life and as one of your biggest investments – it is now your biggest responsibility in caring for both the property and your family in it. Most new homeowners never give it much thought but you will want to protect your investment with a well thought-out maintenance routine so that it will remain an asset, rather than becoming a long-term liability.
Home maintenance involves many things when it comes to the roof of your home – cleaning out gutters twice a year and trimming overhanging tree branches – and it should include a plan for how you are going to cover the costs of proactive repairs, replacement of the roofing materials, or even an upgrade to solar panels.
A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP has been protecting homes in Edmonton and St. Albert for over 60 years by installing new roofs, replacing or repairing an old roof, and the installation of flat roofing with a five-year workmanship warranty on a variety of roofing systems, from asphalt fibreglass shingles to metal tiles. Your roof is your first line of defense against moisture getting into and damaging your home and as new home owners, there are a number of items that you should know about in maintaining the longevity and structural integrity of your roofing system.
Our first point is simply acknowledging that you have a roof and that it requires twice annual inspections for loose or missing shingles, exposed nails, or any other spots that look like they need attention. Peeled, curled, cracked shingles, or if the granules are missing are all indications that your roof is at the end of its life and that water may be leaking from the roof to the inside of your home.
Next, be proactive as soon as deficiencies are noted – a leaky roof will never repair itself. This includes ongoing preventative maintenance like removing any leaves, branches, or other debris that accumulates on your roof, especially after stormy days. If you see moss or algae growing on the roof, be sure you find a good cleaner and follow the instructions to let the solution do its work.
Our third and final point is budget; the lifespan of a shingled roof is typically 10 to 15 years. Knowing the age and condition of a home’s roof can be helpful when putting in an offer for purchase – a home inspection can confirm this information, and help with planning for its eventual replacement. Also note, if the prior owners of your home recently had the roof replaced, that roof may be under a warranty that is transferable to future owners – be sure to obtain necessary paperwork and information from the seller.
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Taking care of your roof is an extremely important part of home maintenance and if you don’t keep up with it, this could be a very costly and time-consuming mistake. If you’re a new homeowner, or have questions about replacing the roof on your home, contact A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP at 780-465-7571 today.