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Becoming a new homeowner is always exciting. The whole process of looking for a home, negotiating the price, and moving is anything but boring. Unfortunately, among all that commotion, you might not find the time or the energy to inspect some crucial aspects of your home correctly. This is one of the main reasons why new homeowners often have to deal with roof issues, plumbing setbacks, and flooring problems. This article will cover the common roofing problems new homeowners face and how you can fix them.
Roofing problems new homeowners face
Depending on the type of roof that your home has, and its age, you might be prone to experience specific problems with more prevalence. This is why it is usually good to understand what type of roof you will have and how to maintain it properly. It is also worth noting that few roof materials are meant to last 100+ years. And those that are (slate and concrete) are often expensive to install. Metal ones can last long, but they require proper maintenance. So, regardless of roof maintenance, expect that you will have to replace your roof after a few decades.
With that out of the way, let’s see some of the most common roofing problems new homeowners face.
A leaky roof is easily among the most common roofing problems. Leaks can occur for several reasons, from simpler ones that take no longer than a day to fix to more complex ones that require professional roofing services. Either way, it is in your best interest to address the issue as soon as possible. Leaks are usually noticeable during rain or straight after. Minor leaks can be difficult to notice, and their core issue might not even be visible at first glance. Unfortunately, the longer a leak remains, the more problems it will cause. So, regardless of how arduous it is, you need to address the leak as quickly as possible.
Some cracks cause leaks, so the solution will be easy. But, cracks do not always cause your roof to leak. What they will do is compromise the structural integrity of your roof. A cracked tile can easily lead to other tiles getting cracked. And before long, you will have a leak on your hands, or worse.
You will need to climb on top of your roof to spot cracks. Apart from using ladders, we strongly recommend wearing the necessary safety gear. Work gloves, boots, and a safety helmet can save your life.
While you are on the top of your roof, you might notice some pooling water. This is never a good sign, as the primary purpose of your roof is to lead water away from your home. Pooling water means that there is some structural issue and that you need to address it. Know that pooling water will turn to ice come winter (if it doesn’t cause considerable damage beforehand). And even before that happens, you may run into further structural issues. Again, time is of the essence, and you want to address water pooling as quickly as possible. You shouldn’t accept any amount of pooling water, no matter how harmless it may look.
Damage from cold weather
If you’ve moved into an area with a particularly cold climate, you may experience damage due to cold weather. Heavy snow, extreme colds, and blizzards can damage a roof, especially if the owner hasn’t prepared it for winter. If you haven’t so far, you’d be wise to get a roof that can sustain cold weather. We recommend regular inspections, especially if you feel the weather has been particularly taxing for your type of roof.
While, ideally, every installation company would install roofs with high standards, some will provide more subpar service. Such flawed installations may require minor fixes or jeopardize your entire roof. Without a thorough inspection, there is little chance that you, as a non-professional, will notice the signs of poor roof installation. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this efficiently.
Let’s say that you’ve moved to a new home. Just like pros can make it easy to relocate locally, so can pros ensure that your roof is in decent condition. The smartest thing to do is call the home seller and see which roof installation company deals with roof insulation. Local roofers usually have the best idea of what roofs are best suited. And if you work with the roofer who installed the roof, you will use their knowledge. By talking with the company, you will have a decent idea of whether your roof needs inspection. If you’re still unsure, remember that you always have the option of hiring a professional inspector and having them check out your home.
Clogged drains and gutters
Clogged drains and gutters are the last of the roofing problems new homeowners face. If the home has been on sale for a while, drains and gutters can get clogged. Cleaning them is pretty easy, especially if you have the right tools. Therefore, you shouldn’t postpone doing so. Blocked drains and gutters can bend, break, and crack and cause issues to your entire roof structure.
A piece of advice regarding roof maintenance
As a new homeowner, it is essential to understand that regular roof maintenance is a must. At least once every six months, you should inspect your roof. If you can’t be bothered to do so, hire a professional. But, if you value your roof, money, and time, don’t postpone the inspection. Every one of the roofing problems new homeowners face can be solved. And, as we’ve already mentioned, the sooner you start solving them, the cheaper and easier it will be.