What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

The process of buying a home includes so many details and once you’ve finally signed the papers, it’s time to celebrate! But then comes the ins and outs of what it takes to be a homeowner and there is a lot to learn. Whether it’s learning how to regularly clean out your gutters, completely replacing your siding, replacing windows, or determining if you need a new roof, there is a lot to research that is involved. When it comes to your roof, there are several important things to keep in mind.

Tip #1: Keep dirt and debris off the roof as much as possible.
Living in the Pacific Northwest means that you’ll experience plenty of rainy weather. Rain and wind lasts for sometimes days and weeks on end, and when this happens, it’s important to keep any leaves, branches, or other significant debris from accumulating on your home’s roof – especially after a storm. Be sure that the roof has dried off a bit before you attempt climbing up there to clean it off. Roof material is generally very slippery and it can be dangerous when it is slick. Once you’ve made it to the top of the roof, be sure to clean any obvious debris from the gutters and downspout areas as well, as this can cause roof damage over time if it’s left unattended.

Tip #2: Make sure mold and moss is not growing.
There are a variety of moss cleaners on the market today, so if you have noticed that your roof has moss buildup on it, use a cleaner to help get it off. Most local hardware or home improvement stores carry this item. Then, brush or sweep it away with a broom or wide brush. Avoid using bristled brushes or power washers, as these can cause the UV-protectant granules on the roof to wear away prematurely.

Tip #3: Inspect the roof regularly.
Throughout the year, be sure to inspect the roof regularly, looking for loose or missing shingles or other exposed areas that may need attention. If you notice a lot of peeled or curling shingles, a full replacement may need to be made. While you’re doing regular inspections, check the attic and other interior ceiling areas for water damage or leaks. This could cause significant damage and even mold buildup, which can be a health hazard and can also be costly to fix.

If you have recently moved into your home and the roof is older, there are several added benefits to having it replaced right when you move in. It takes away the risk of leaks and adds value to your home almost instantaneously!

Your new home is an investment and is a big part of your life and who you are. Taking care of your roof is an important job and if you’re not sure where to start when it comes to routine maintenance or a complete replacement, our professionals at Lifetime Windows & Doors can help. We use only Hardie products in roof replacements, which is known as the best, and it’s a local Pacific Northwest business. A top quality roof will serve you well for decades. Contact us for more details.