A home is the largest investment most of us will ever make. And yet the one part of that investment that could potentially cost the most – your roof – is often overlooked. So if you just bought a home, here are three things you should do for your roof.
- Check the insulation in your attic – and install more if needed. Insulation in your attic is one of the most overlooked home maintenance items, and it’s likely that yours hasn’t been checked, or replaced in a while. Insulation works by reducing heat in your home when it is hot and trapping the heat inside your home when it is cold. And guess where the largest amount of heat transfer occurs? That’s right. It’s through your roof. While that might only mean some high energy bills in the summer, in the winter, it could mean ice dams – which lead to roof leaks down the road. So by updating your insulation you save money on energy bills now, and roof repair bills later.
- Add Ventilation. Ventilation is your roof’s best friend. Why? Because, believe it or not, your roof needs to breathe. Without air flow, there is moisture buildup, which leads to – you guessed it – roof leaks. So what are some easy ways to add ventilation? Why not start with an attic fan, ridge vent, or roof vent?
- Have your roof inspected. I know what you are thinking. You just had your home inspected before you bought it, why do you need another roof inspection? Because while home inspectors do typically inspect your roof, they are not licensed roofing contractors. What the difference? Inspectors can note problems as they see them, while roofing contractors can help you anticipate problems. Your inspector may tell you that you have a few deteriorating shingles, yet a roofing contractor will be able to tell you how long those shingle will last, when they will need to be replaced, and if your entire roofing system needs an overhaul.
By taking care of your roof now, and planning ahead for any repairs down the road, you can ensure that you roof will last, and avoid being hit by large repair bills later.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, roofing restoration, and weatherization. ASAP has offices in Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.