What New Homeowners Should Know About a Roof


There’s a lot that goes into maintaining a roof as a homeowner—keeping up with repairs, attending to spring cleaning and winter wear and tear, checking for leaks, and making sure gutters and downspouts are working correctly to keep water away from your home.  But if you’re a new homeowner there is also some basic information you should know about the roof of your new home to get the best idea of the home’s value, as well as the maximum lifespan of your roof before it’s time to replace or repair.

Know what you’re getting into

Before you sign on the dotted line for your new home, make sure you have a complete understanding of the roof’s condition. It’s a good idea to go a little further than the typical home inspection which may not involve the inspector climbing up onto the roof to do a complete investigation of its condition. To be absolutely sure of the status of the roof of the home you’re buying, have it inspected by a professional roofer like JL Roofing and Siding. This will help you have a more accurate understanding of the home’s actual value, and possibly give you some items to request that the sellers fix before the sale is complete.

Know the vitals

As a homeowner, there are certain vital pieces of information you should know about your roof. Here’s a brief checklist of information you should obtain from the seller so you can properly care for your roof going forward:

  • How old is the roof?
  • What materials is it made out of?
  • Who installed the roof?
  • What recent repairs were completed, and who completed them?

In addition to asking these questions, be sure you get a copy of any warranty the roof is under.

Know how to keep the roof in good repair

Once you know what you’re working with, consult with a trusted roofer to get an idea of what to expect as far as remaining lifespan and projected repair schedules. You can also get guidance on planning maintenance such as annual inspection and regular seasonal cleaning. Remember that your roof is a system that includes your gutters and downspouts, and these items needs to be maintained as well.

You’ll be able to rest easier in your new home—and avoid preventable repair bills—if you take the time to learn about your roof and partner with a professional to plan regular care. If you’re considering purchasing a new home, call  JL Roofing and Siding today to enlist their help in ensuring a wise purchase!

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