What First-Time Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

What You Know About Your Roof Can Help Avoid Unnecessary Roof Repair Costs

Roof view with ladder overlooking reddish shinglesWhen first-time buyers finally take possession of their new home, much of their time and effort might initially be directed at interior decorating projects.  These types of changes, such as repainting, replacing the carpeting, and installing new kitchen cabinets, can be done rather immediately and are intended to ‘make the home their own’ as some might say.  This is all quite natural for new homeowners, and it can also be very exhilarating as these upgrades often add a sense of accomplishment to their current pride of ownership.

But along with pride of ownership comes responsibility of ownership, meaning that there will also be times that money will need to be invested in home maintenance and repairs instead of home renovations and/or redecorating.  And in many cases, unlike having the option of moving forward with some possible upgrades/changes to the home, repairs and maintenance work are non-negotiable; the related costs can be particularly distressing to first-time homeowners as well, since they are often unexpected in nature and therefore not part of the monthly home maintenance budget.

While many aspects of home ownership will be new to first-time buyers, one area that is quite often ignored, albeit unintentionally, is the condition of the roof.  Unlike other parts of the home that are more visible, and therefore may receive more attention in terms of care and maintenance, the roof soldiers on in relative obscurity – until that day arrives when a problem is detected, but only after some major damage has already occurred.

In order to ensure that the roof is not overlooked within the grand scheme of owning a home, it will be important for the new owners to obtain some background information on the roof, in a similar way to someone who is looking to purchase a pre-owned vehicle.  This dossier, in a sense, would include any records/insight on any or all of the following:

  • Age of the roof – directly proportional to a potential need for repair work
  • Installer of the roof – reputation of roofers speaks to quality of their work
  • Type of material – provides a base for potential replacement/upgrade costs
  • Date of last roof inspection – has this ever been done, and if so, by whom?
  • Previous repair history – what was done and, again, by which Toronto roofers?
  • Existing warranties – are there any that are transferable (with documentation)?

Acquiring this knowledge can better prepare the new home owners for any eventuality of roof repairs, from the standpoints of:

  • Urgency for a roof inspection
  • Cost (for budgeting purposes)
  • Timing (for a full replacement)
  • Researching reputable roofers

Another critical aspect that first-time homeowners should know about their roof relates to its performance in correlation to the integrity of other parts of a home; specifically, a faulty/leaking roof can result in damage throughout the building envelope, including the:

  • Foundation
  • Masonry walls
  • Windows and doors
  • Aluminum/vinyl siding

Clearly, a well-maintained and properly functioning roof is critically important, for any/all homeowners, not just first-time buyers; for the latter however, a lack of homeownership experience combined with the purchase of an existing home (and by association existing problems) makes it imperative that they give their roof the attention it rightly deserves.

In addition to acquiring background information on the roof, this level of attention should include a roof inspection as soon as possible and particularly prior to the onset of winter.Such inspections should be completed by professional roof inspectors from a reputable and qualified roofing company like Avenue Road Roofing in Toronto.  Trained inspectors from Avenue Road Roofing have the knowledge and expertise to perform a thorough roof inspection and identify any potential/existing needs for roof repair, thereby avoiding any unnecessary and costly damage to the structural integrity of the roof or the home itself.

Thorough Roof Inspections by Qualified Inspectors from Avenue Road Roofing

soffits of a houseDue to the extreme weather conditions that can beset Toronto and the surrounding area throughout the winter, it is highly recommended that roof inspections be performed on a semi-annual basis, specifically just before and after the winter season.  This practice will not only prevent minor roof repair needs from becoming more extensive and expensive structural issues, but it will also help to extend the life expectancy of the roof itself.

A thorough roof inspection completed by a certified inspector from Avenue Road Roofing in Toronto takes into account much more than just the condition of the roofing material, which in most cases would be asphalt-based shingles. Such inspections will encompass all of the following components of the roofing system to ensure that they are functioning to proper standards:

  • Shingles
  • Roof decking
  • Attic insulation
  • Soffits and fascia
  • Ventilation system
  • Eavestrough system
  • All flashing and caulking

Subsequently, should any concerns or immediate repair needs by identified, the skilled roofers from Avenue Road Roofing can attend to these situations before they escalate to more serious conditions.

As a first-time homeowner, you will want to ensure that your roof is in optimal condition. Call the professionals from Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 to schedule a roof inspection at your earliest convenience and avert any unexpected and expensive roof repair costs.