Roofing Tips For First-Time Homeowners
Like Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, “there is no place like home.” Being a new homeowner at any age is exciting. While our homes provide us comfort and warmth, they can, at the same time, be challenging and overwhelming. You most likely had an inspection done before you purchased your home which provided you with a punch list of work needed from the highest priorities to the “you can put it off indefinitely.”
Roofing Tip #1: Spring Clean Your Roof
Don’t just spring clean the inside of your house! Making sure that your roof is free of debris is essential. Fall, winter, and, spring can wreak havoc with mountains of leaves, snow storms blowing down branches, not to mention bomb cyclones carrying shingles off to Oz.
Roofing Tip #2: Gut Your Gutters
Full gutters are a huge factor in leaks and roof damage, so making sure those are clean after the fall colors have faded is equally important. Likewise, gutters may end up pulling away from your house and in the long run, will lead to water running down into your foundation.
Roofing Tip #3: Roof Mold, Moss & Algae
Other types of debris that are common in areas where lots of trees grow, like Michigan where I live, are mold, moss, and algae. Allowing these to continue to grow on your roof will shorten the longevity of your roof and allow water to pool which is never a good thing. You don’t want to use a power-washer nor do you want to use a stiff bristled brush or broom because it will damage your shingles and will shorten their life.
Roofing Tip #4: Inspect Your Attic
After you have checked your roof on the outside, make sure and periodically check the inside of your roof. If your roof has any leaks or damage, sometimes the easiest way to spot it is from the interior. Check out your attic spaces for any water damage, the smell of mildew or mold, and any visible signs of light from any small holes in the roof. Include this task with your monthly or bi-monthly to do list.