New Homeowners Guide
Firstly, If you recently bought your first home, congratulations! Buying your first can be an exciting time. When you purchase that new home, you are just getting familiar with the layout of your new home, spending time decorating, making the place your own and enjoying being a homeowner.
Something you most likely haven’t thought much about is your roof! As a new homeowner, you may not be too aware about roofing because you’ve never owned one before. Today, Powerdrive Roofing would like to share with you a few things a little bit of knowledge about your roof.
1. Your Roof Can Play A Role Your Energy Cost.
When your roof is in well maintained, your household energy costs will be much lower. If your roof has leaks or is not adequately ventilated, hot or cold air, depending on what time of the year can escape, causing your heater or air con to work harder driving up those power and gas bills. When those appliances are working harder, they use more energy, which means a higher utility bill for you, but it also means a shorter lifespan for the appliance as it is burning itself out, so you are essentially losing out everywhere. A well-maintained roof can save you big dollars in the long run on both utilities and roof repair costs.
2. Blocked Gutters Can Damage Your Roof.
Gutter cleaning can easily get pushed aside for what seems to be more important tasks. However, cleaning your gutters is one of the most important things you can do to protect your roof. Your gutters play a fundamental role in protecting your home from water damage. Their role is to direct water away from the vulnerable places of your home, such as the roof and the most important your foundations. When you don’t clean them, they don’t work properly, and water wont flow freely off the roof as it should. Due to the water pooling up on the roof, roof leaks will result. As a new homeowner, it’s important that you arrange to have your gutters regularly cleaned, whether you do it yourself or hire someone for the job. Either way, always remember safety at heights is paramount.
3. Roof Leaks Aren’t Always Obvious.
When you think leaky roofs, you might picture a huge hole in your roof with water flooding through. Unfortunately, leaks aren’t always that obvious. In fact, they can remain undetected for some time, causing all sorts of other serious issues in your home. Therefore, regular Roof Inspections are important. Many times, rainwater will slip in through a tiny crack and settle on your ceiling and insulation. Bubbling paint the on the ceiling, wall discolouration or mould growth could all be signs that you have a roof leak somewhere. If you suspect a leak, don’t hesitate to give us a call to come check it out.
4. A Roof Doesn’t Last Forever
While roofs last a very long time, sometimes longer than you’ll live in the home, they don’t last forever. When buying a new home, it’s imperative you understand the age and lifespan of the roof, as well as when any repairs may have been previously undertaken on it and if those roof repairs were carried out to a high standard. Careful maintenance can help extend the life of your roof. Be sure to schedule yearly roof inspections to ensure it has been looked after.