Home Update September 2018 – Roof

In this addition of Home Update, we will be discussing the importance of maintaining your roof.  

If you think it’s okay to let your roof languish, know this: Doing so could nullify your homeowners insurance coverage.  If your roof is nearing  or past its expiration date – or if you’ve notice leaks, water stains on the ceiling or other telltale signs of a possible leak – no is the time to take action.

 

Inspect it before winter

It never pays to wait and see if a worn roof still repels the rain.  So make time in the fall, before winter kicks in, to ensure it’s fit for another winter.  The safest way to assess its current condition is to use binoculars to look for curled shingles, cracks, loose or missing shingles, moss growth and other signs of damage.  If you have access to the attic space, check the underside of the roof for water stains, especially around chimneys, vents and roof valleys.  If you find signs of leaks or serious wear, ask for evaluations from a couple of reputable roofing companies – or an independent certified maintenance professional.  I’m happy to provide a referral if you need it.

 

ROOF RENEWAL

Determine the number of layers

If you currently have just one layer of asphalt shingles on your roof, and they need replacement, you may be able to simply add another layer.  However, if there are already two layers, you must remove both before installing new.  A roofing contractor can assess the situation and explain your options.

Stick with the style you have

Switching to a different roofing styles can be an expensive, involved process. Before considering such a radical change, take a look at the options available for the style of roofing you already have.

Higher quality is your best option

The most expensive aspect of a roofing project is the cost of labor.  so it’s to your advantage to choose higher-quality, longer-lasting materials – which will allow you to rest easy knowing you won’t have to re-roof again for decades.

Keeping cool with better venting

When heat gets trapped in your attic during the summer months, it prevents the interior of your home from cooling down, even after the outside temperature has dropped.  To keep that heat blanket from forming, consider installing more roof and attic venting – especially if you’re having a new roof installed.

New gutters are optional

If your gutters are damaged or of poor quality, it’s a good idea to replace them when the house is re-roofed, but it’s not necessary.  Your gutter system is separate from the roofing system, and both can be repaired or replaced independently, by different companies.

Also not included…

Don’t expect roofers to make chimney repairs (that’s a job for a mason). The roofers also won’t paint the trim around your roofline, prune overhanging branches, or perform other maintenance chores around the upper areas of the house.

Alert the neighbors

Be proactive and tell the neighbors about your roofing plans.  Depending on the space between homes and the access required, your roofing contractor may need to get their permission before setting ladders and other equipment on their property.  Even if that’s not the case, your neighbors will no doubt appreciate the notice.

A final note for prospective sellers 

If you’re thinking of selling your home anytime soon, you’ll want to be sure to tackle any necessary roof repairs before the inspection.  For other pre-sale preparations tips, contact me.

 

*Source: Windermere Home Update September 2018

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 9:30 am
Melissa Tetz | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , ,

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