You’ve just finished up with your team of new roofing contractors—your roof looks good as new! In fact, it is new; you’re now the owners of a one-of-a-kind roof that was made specifically to fit your home. From Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors: congratulations! Not only is buying a new roof almost a rite of passage for financially stable adults, doing so comes with more than its fair share of benefits.
- Your home is now better protected | Roofs are your first line of defense against rain, snow, wind, and heat. As they age, without the proper roof repair, they begin to fail in their capacity to do their jobs. Leaky roofs can result, which opens the door for water damage and mold infestations. By investing in a new roof, you’re investing in the longevity of your home. Good on you!
- Your energy bills could now be lower | Leaky roofs have holes in them, and those holes can expose your attic’s insulation to the elements. When this happens, it loses its efficiency, which results in your HVAC, having to work harder to maintain your home’s temperatures. Completely replacing your roof eliminates the possibility of these holes, which results in a happier HVAC and pocketbook. Kudos for being a savvy homeowner! As a bonus, certain roofing types, such as metal roofing, can do good things for your energy bills on their own. Ask your roofing company about this if you’re unsure of where your roof stands in this respect.
- Your house no doubt looks awesome | Get ready for some extra attention from the rest of the neighborhood! New roofs, no doubt, make an aesthetic statement, especially if you’ve had a competent roofing contractor on the job or put quite a bit of money into a luxurious roofing type. While neighborhood envy might feel nice, you no doubt also feel great about investing in your home and property. Revel in these emotions—you deserve it for making such a smart purchase.
Of course, now that you’re aware of all the benefits your new roof brings, it’s time that you learn how to take care of it. While your new roof isn’t likely to need roof repair for a long time if it was installed correctly and if it is made of quality materials, preventative maintenance is imperative, starting now. Beginning now prolongs your roof’s livelihood and gets you in the habit of providing the necessary care.
Think about it this way: if you adopted a new dog, you wouldn’t ignore it until it direly needed veterinary care, no? You’d schedule check-ups, feed and water it every day, and make sure it got enough exercise so that it lived a long and happy life and served your family well as a companion. While a roof certainly isn’t a living thing, its purpose is to serve your family by protecting it from the elements. If you desire such a service, taking care of your roof allows it to give it for a long, long time.
So How Do I Take Care of My New Roof?
Good news: you’ve got a clean slate to work with. Because your roof is shiny and new and not dilapidated and sagging, you don’t need to worry about checking for damage quite yet (though running an inspection routine as if you were is quite helpful). For now, you should know that you need to:
- Trim back your trees | We can’t stress this one enough! Wayward tree branches can scrape against your shingles, which causes physical damage and results in your needing roof repair. Control arboreal growth and keep an eye on your trees during the growing season to make sure they don’t invade your roof’s personal space, so to speak.
- Keep your gutters clean | Though they’re not a part of your roof themselves, gutters work with the slope of your roof to safely direct water away from your foundation and siding. Keeping them clean can help prevent the notorious Minnesotan ice dam from taking residence on your roof in the winter. The presence of these nuisances causes standing water to crop up—something your roof isn’t designed to handle and which can result in water damage to the innards of your home. Ice dams can also pull shingles off of your roof, and you certainly don’t want to deal with roof repair in the dead of winter if you can help it!
- Watch, watch, watch the weather | Though you can probably afford to relax about roof repair, for now, keep a sharp eye on the radar for any severe weather. High winds and hail can do a number on any roof, new or old, so do a nice and thorough check-up once the nasty weather subsides.