How To Keep Your Roof In Good Shape

The thought of being a home owner makes me a little nervous.

I've been thinking of buying a home recently and have been looking around (online, from the safety of my home, of course!) just to get an idea of price, locations, and just get familiar with what I like and don't like. It is no secret that owning a home is a big responsibilty!

When we sign our name on the dotted line to officially become a homeowner, we must keep our home working and looking it’s best month after month. All parts of our home will eventually need to have some work done, especially in the form of some major or minor repairs. This is especially true for roofs, which ends up bearing the brunt of mother nature’s weather of exposed wind and heavy precipitation. The life span of your home also plays a part in what needs to be repaired including your roof repairs and in some cases, replacement. 

I've asked some around for some advice from some homeowners I know and the tips they gave me... I'm sharing with you! A lot of their advice included how to care for roofs, so that's what we're focusing on!

Have Your Roof Inspected 
If your roof has some damage, you must ensure that you know what you are doing. Contact a professional and experienced roof inspector to get you up to speed with the condition of your roof. Search for local roofing companies and seek references from friends, family, and neighbors to see their level of satisfaction that they had with the contractor. 

Image: Southeastern Roofing Company

Find A Quality Professional 
Similar to looking for a professional and asking around, the next is calling them and having them check your roof. If you live in the Georgia area, be sure to call Southeastern Roofing Company. This Atlanta residential roofing company and takes pride to give you the quality service at an extremely low price. They can help you file claims with your insurance company if the repair is something that should be covered under your homeowner’s insurance but also treat you like family too. They went to be there every step of the way so you feel comfortable, secure, and above all, safe. When they come to inspect your roof, ask them what they think the age of your roof is. Normally the life expectancy is 20-25 years and then depends on whether you removed the layers and you fitted on these existing ones. If the roof was installed on the other layers and it is older than 20 years, then you may be in for replacing the entire thing. 

Check Shingles
If your roof has shingles, this is the time to access them and see if any are damaged. If you see shingles that are cracked, peeling, or curled that is when they need repair. It indicates to you and the professional that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan and need replacement. 

Check For Any Lighting In Your Attic
If you are up in your attic during the day and can see a few sunbeams coming in, you know that this is a no-no. Water can invade your attack through those openings. This might indicate that you might have some shingles that need replacing or there could be a hole somewhere. 

Review Records
If this isn’t a new home of yours, make sure to review your home improvement records to see how long ago the roof was replaced or reshingled. This can help give you insight on how much life your roof has. You can also call a professional to help make that assumption when they walk over everything with you during your free inspection consultation. 

Remove Unwanted Plants

While having some of these plants inside your home can keep it shady and comfortable, it’s something you want to be aware of when looking at your roof. Seeing moss up there can be an idea that trapped moisture is starting to occur which ruins your roof. Moss collects in shaded corners of the roof and using a stiff brush to get rid of it can help get rid of it and help eliminate any underlying problems. 

Stay Calm 
If you see a few things that need repair, don’t worry about your entire roof needing replacement. Leave that to the professional once they look over everything and make that assessment themselves. If your roof is under 15 years old, it may get by with a few repairs rather than a full replacement. 

Having a secure roof is essential to keeping you and your loved ones safe day in and day out. Be sure to set reminders on your phone so you know that you need to check on your roof, not just when the damage has already started to happen. If there is something that you think is happening with your roof due to you seeing it with your own eyes or having a professional make that call. 



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