Real estate is hot in the niagara market with the warmer seasons coming our way.
Home ownership is a major responsibility and learning to care for your property will take some time. Your roof can lead to many issues if it is not properly maintained.
Here are a few things to consider about your roof once you buy your home:
1. When buying a home you want to understand if your roofing is under warranty and if it is actually transferable. In many cases warranties for major items such as roofs and HVAC systems will be transferable to new owners. However you want to be certain and ask for the paperwork so you have it should something go wrong.
2. The age of your roof is important as it will help you get a good idea of its condition. Depending on the type of roof, you can figure you will need a replacement, or at least be in need of some serious repairs for roofs that are over 15 years. Older roofing should be inspected on a regular basis as most roofs do not last more than 20 years in the best possible circumstances.
3. Your roof is more than just the shingles. It is a system with many parts that must work and function together in order to remain effective. Some of the most common problems your roof might have can lead to costly interior or even foundation damage. Therefore it is important to determine any past roofing problems and any issues that might still be present like:
Shingles: Missing shingles, curled or cracking shingles and even algae can all be common issues you may encounter with your roof. These issues must be repaired as soon as possible to avoid serious and costly issues down the road.
Gutters: Issues in your gutters can cause water to become blocked and not be able to travel away from your roof and home properly. Gutters must be well maintained and free of debris as well as be free of damage such as cracks in order to work properly.
Flashings: Flashing offers extra protection at key areas of your roof such as the peaks and valleys. Without proper seals they can lead to serious leaks.
Soffits: Soffits are located beneath your gutters and eaves troughs. Any cracks or damage can lead to leaks.
Learning more about your roof will help you avoid future costly repairs and damage.
For all your roofing needs my team at Class Eh! Roofing is here for you. Simply give us a call at 289-687-6924 or fill out the Request Estimate top portion on our website!
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!