When a new home buyer is searching for a home, considering the roof quality is very important. There’s no way around it—replacing or repairing your roof comes at a price. The good news is that your roof should last a very long time, as long as you make sure to watch out for the warning signs of a damaged roof and follow the proper maintenance procedures. This buyer’s guide explains some steps you should take if you’d like to maintain your healthy roof.
Watch Out for the Warning Signs
As your roof ages, normal wear-and-tear will occur, which can potentially cause problems around your house. As a responsible homeowner, it is important to watch out for the warning signs so that you can catch problems before they spread. Call a roofing professional if you notice any of the following:
- Aging Shingles. When shingles begin to age, they will crack, curl, chip, or fall off entirely. Also watch out for dark, dirty spots on your roof—the loss of granules is a strong sign that your shingles are aging. It is important to spot aging or poor shingles before they cause greater damage to your home.
- Stains on interior ceilings and walls. When shingles age or are not laid properly, leakage will occur, resulting in stained walls and ceilings.
- Leakage in the attic after heavy rain. When your roof’s underlayment becomes outdated or inefficient, the shingles and flashing can deteriorate and cause leakage in the attic.
- High energy bill. Without proper attic ventilation, your heating/cooling system will work overtime, costing you an unnecessarily high energy bill.
- Mold or mildew inside the home. Mold or mildew buildup is likely caused by an inefficient attic ventilation system.
- Blistering or peeling of outside paint. Peeling paint is caused by high humidity and moisture, as a result of poor attic ventilation.
- Roof shingle, sheathing, and siding decay. This is another sign that your ventilation system is inefficient.
Read more: Roof Danger Signals
Get a Roof Inspection
A roof inspection evaluates the strength and effectiveness of your roof, as well as its estimated lifespan. To be safe, it is recommended that you get a roofing professional to inspect your roof on a yearly basis. As a responsible homeowner, you should also make sure to self-inspect your roof a couple times a year in addition to the scheduled professional inspections. Many of the observations can be done safely from the ground.
Make sure to also get a professional to inspect your roof if you notice any of the warning signs. A roof is an important part of your home, so follow proper maintenance procedures and you can be confident it will last a long time.
Select a Roofing Warranty
When selecting a roofing warranty, you will want to consider the length of time you'll be in your home, as well as the current value of the house. You also want to make sure that you understand what your warranty covers. There are manufacturer warranties that cover the materials, and there are workmanship warranties offered by the roofing contractors that complete the installation. These warranties are not always sold together, but a great roofing estimator can walk you through it and make sure you understand what you are purchasing.
Related: What does your Roof Warranty Cover?
At RoofPRO, we are proud to partner with manufacturers such as GAF to offer our customers their 50-year, System Plus warranty for as long as you own your home. If you are thinking about selling your house in the near future, it's important to know that warranties can typically be transferred to the second owner of the roof as long as the transfer occurs within 60 days of the real estate transaction.
Do You Need the Help of Maryland Roofing Professionals?
If you need help getting a healthy roof, RoofPRO has you covered. We are a roofing company that offers expert residential roofing services in Maryland. Give us a call today for more information, or request a free quote online.
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