When most people buy their first house, or even their second or third, there are certain design elements that they take for granted. These include, but are not limited to, the fact that the home they purchase will have a working and fully-functional roof that protects their home from exposure to the elements. However, most people's knowledge about roofing stops there, and because of this, their roof may cause them a great deal of grief and trouble in the years to come. Do not allow yourself to be one of these unhappy homeowners who does not know anything about their roof before disaster strikes. Get to know some important roofing facts.
Roofs Need Regular Maintenance Checks And Repairs
Many people make the mistake of thinking their roof is somehow infallible and/or only needs to be checked on when it starts to cause a problem. However, routine roofing inspections and minor repairs should become a part of your regular monthly routine beginning the first month you move into your new home.
Once a month, you should get up on your roof and just take a look around. Look for any damaged or missing shingles, signs of mold or moss growth (green plant coverage on any area of your roof), pooled water, or curled shingles. If you find any such damage, even if it is only one shingle, repair it right away.
Every day that you leave a damaged element on your roof, the problem can get worse and spread until you have a major repair or roof replacement situation on your hands. So, perform roofing repairs as soon as possible, and remember that you can always call a roofing contractor if you do not feel comfortable replacing shingles or assessing the extent of the damage yourself.
You Do Not Have To Remove Your Entire Roof If You Want New Materials
Another common misconception about residential roofing is the notion that in order to install a new roof with different materials, you need to completely tear off and discard your old roof. If the roof you are replacing is still in decent condition, the roofer can actually just lay your new roof on top of the old one (in some cases).
For example, if you decide that you want to change the material your shingles are made from (wood shake to asphalt or concrete), then these shingles can be installed over the existing roof. This is why so many older homes have several layers of shingles on them. Additionally, if you decide to install a vegetated (green) roof in which living plants cover the surface of your roof, this, too, can be added on top of your existing roofing structure.
Keeping these roofing facts in mind will help you to maintain and care for your roof properly in your new home. Do not wait until your roof is a problem to pay attention to it, and always remember to take care of any minor problems as they arise to avoid catastrophe.
For more information, contact a business such as Dean & Dunn Roofing LLC.