Congratulations on the new home. Buying your first property is an exciting moment. In the United States, it’s also a symbol of having finally achieved the dream.
With homeownership, there are some responsibilities. You’ll want to keep your property in good condition with regular maintenance and repairs. One of the most important parts of the home is the roof. If it’s damaged, the rest of your home can become damaged through moisture penetration and pest invasions. So, what can you do to keep your roofing in good shape?
The Importance of Regular Roof Maintenance
While the roof is the most durable part of your home exterior, it’s also prone to some specific kinds of damage. Ignoring these issues can cause major problems over the long term. High winds, UV rays, and events like horizontal rain and ice dams can all impact your roof in different ways.
Ideally, homeowners can have their property’s roof inspected by a roofing contractor after every storm. It can be difficult to arrange the time for these appointments. Homeowners should know how to complete a simplified visual inspection whenever there’s been bad storm. If you do see something concerning, you can call in a professional roofer to take a look.
Visual roof inspections include:
- Walking around the property to assess it from the ground
- Looking for fallen shingles and other parts of the house in the yard
- Getting up on a ladder to check the roof more closely (only if you feel comfortable with this step)
- Checking the gutters for clogs, rust, or missing fasteners
Don’t Forget the Gutters
Speaking of, annual gutter maintenance and repair is important too. As part of regular roof maintenance, you’ll need to clean the gutters twice a year. This will keep leaves and other debris from forming clogs that cause the gutters to overflow.
Why are overflowing gutters a problem?
Your gutters could leak rainwater onto your landscaping causing damage to the ground. Water can also pool next to the foundation increasing the potential for moisture problems in the basement. If you live in a cold area, like Iowa, water can also freeze overnight forming ice dams and roof leaks.
How to Know When You Need Roof Replacement
It’s best to take care of roof replacement before you have major water damage too. We understand it can be difficult to know exactly when you need the services of a roofing company. There are some signs you can keep an eye out for:
- Mildew Growth on Roof
- Many Lifted or Curled Shingles
- Loose Shingle Grit Showing Up in the Downspouts
- Roof is More Than 20 Years Old
Find Out More About Recon Roofing & Construction in Iowa
If you would like to get a professional’s opinion about your Iowa roof reach out to Recon Roofing & Construction. We’ll set up a roof inspection by one of our trained contractors. As a BBB-accredited, A+ rated business, we put every effort into providing customer-focused care and attention to detail. You’ll receive a thorough roof inspection with report showing any issues. We’ll also provide a free cost estimate for any needed roof repairs.
Recon Roofing & Construction offers much more to our customers too. Ask us about:
- Commercial Roofing
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Siding Services
- Decking Work
- Window Installation
- Interior Remodeling
We can schedule a free consultation with you to discuss any of these services right away.