Often the treacherous winter months can wreak havoc on your roof, resulting in the need for both minor and major repairs. From broken shingles to leakage issues, you may find yourself facing a variety of roofing challenges, depending on the type of damage that ensued from this year’s winter weather conditions. Spring is often the ideal time of year to rectify issues that may have occurred throughout the winter. Here are some basic steps to take this spring for getting your roof into top shape:
Clean your gutters.
As one of the hallmark springtime chores, an annual gutter cleaning is always essential – especially after your roof endures heavy amounts of precipitation and hail. Whether you clean your gutters yourself or hire a professional to do it, clearing out unwanted debris will allow for proper drainage on your roof, as well as prevent mold growth and pest infestations. Most importantly, keeping up with gutter cleaning will ensure your roof can continue to function so that water can drain properly without affecting your roof’s structure.
Review your warranty and homeowner’s insurance policy.
Whether or not you have to make any roofing repairs, it’s always a good idea to refresh yourself on your current roofing warranty and homeowner’s insurance policy. Knowing what your roofing warranty covers – and what it doesn’t – will help you determine how much money you may have to save in the event of major roof damage. Furthermore, it’s important to be informed of your homeowner’s insurance policy and whether it covers roof damage, especially if you live in an area with severe storms and unpredictable weather conditions. Using the springtime to educate yourself about what your policy covers will help you budget for roofing repairs accordingly this spring.
Consider a full roof replacement.
Depending on the age of your home and roof, it may be time to consider getting a full roof replacement. Typically, a roof that’s 20 years or older is likely in need of a full replacement, as shingles often start to deteriorate over the course of this lifespan. If your roof is in poor condition, it will ultimately result in major leakage issues that can cause significant harm to your home’s exterior and interior. Therefore, while a full roof replacement will cost substantially more than minor repairs, it will protect your home’s value and save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Contact AVA for your roofing needs
Taking the steps about this spring will set your roof up for another successful year, and most importantly, help to prevent irreversible damage to your home. Now that the winter months are over, is your roof in need of some TLC? From minor repairs to full roof replacements, learn how AVA Roofing can address all your spring roofing needs!
With springtime now upon us, you may be in the market for a new home. As you look at houses, you’ll likely have a multitude of questions and concerns – one of which should involve the condition of your future house’s roof. Having full knowledge about your home’s roof before you sign on the dotted line will save you significant money and aggravation in the future, making it an essential focus during your search. As you embark on your house hunt, here are three of the most important roofing questions to ask your home or roofing inspector:
1. What is the roof’s history?
During the assessment of any roof, acquiring information about the roof’s history in terms of the age of the roof, as well as past maintenance and repairs is critical. The seller of the home is responsible for providing information related to details of the roof’s history, such as when it was replaced and the types of repairs that have been done over the years. As a future homeowner, having this information will also ensure you’re educated about roofing warranties that would be transferred to you as the new owner, as well as what repairs and issues you may encounter down the road.
2. What are the main issues with the roof (if there are any)?
Once the house’s roof is inspected, you’ll want to get clear on any roofing issues that exist. Some issues are more costly than others to resolve, which is why it’s best to get as much specific information and details as possible. For example, problems with a roof can range anywhere from structural damage and water leakage to building code violations. Depending on the severity of the issues, you have a few options as a buyer. You can accept the house “as is” in its current condition; you can lower your offer based on how much repairs will cost; you can ask the seller to rectify the roof problems at their own expense; or you can simply back out of the sale. Having an inspection of the roof done by a reputable roofing company will ensure you know exactly what needs to be addressed so you can plan for future repair costs.
3. When will the house need a new roof?
Above all, your inspection should result in a full understanding of when you will need a new roof. With a new home being a major investment within itself, it’s in your best interest to have a sense of when and if you’ll need a new roof in the near future. One of the ways you can determine the lifespan of a roof is by the material it’s made of (most roofs typically consist of asphalt shingles, tile, slate, wood or metal material). Your inspector should be able to provide you with information about the roofing material used, as well as the roof’s lifespan, which will help you determine the potential cost and timeline of a roof replacement.
Get in touch with AVA during your house hunt
Are you in the process of buying a new home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing and learn how we can address all your home’s current and future roofing needs.
Being proactive about asking the questions above will help you be informed about the condition of your future home’s roof so you can feel confident in your investment, and budget and plan as necessary.
Are you in the market for a new home? As you undergo the home inspection process, there is one important type of inspection you don’t want to forget – a professional roof inspection. Hiring a professional to fully inspect the roof of a home you’re interested in buying can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the long run. It’s critical to do your due diligence and make sure you choose a highly reputable inspector who’s experienced and knowledgeable. Here are some of the many reasons why you should invest in a roof inspector before buying a new home:
Learn about any problems that need to be
Any roof – especially once that’s older than five years – is subject to many types of problems and damages. Some of the issues your inspector could discover may include poor insulation and ventilation; moisture and mold; leaks or ice dams; and poor condition of roof shingles. Once these issues are identified, your inspector will be able to provide a detailed overview of any problems that need to be addressed right away, as well as recommended solutions.
Understand the quality of the roof.
No two roofs are created equal, which is why it’s so important to
understand the quality of the roof you’re getting when you buy a home. Your
roof inspector will be able to fully assess your roof’s integrity, including
its durability and longevity to withstand the weather conditions in the area.
Most inspectors can generally determine how long your roof will last and when
it will need to be replaced, helping you forecast if and when you’ll need to
get a new roof for the home.
Get a sense of any future costs.
As a future homeowner, the last thing you want is to get stuck
with expensive roofing bills when you least expect them. By getting a roof
inspection before buying your home, you’ll receive a full overview of the types
of repairs and potential damages that may lie ahead. Having this vital
information will give you negotiating leverage in buying the home, as well as
help you budget for future repairs.
The professional roof inspector you need
Looking for a professional roof inspector? Contact AVA Roofing and learn about our roof inspection process!
Next to your home, your vehicle is probably your next largest investment. But how well protected is that asset? Though it’s often not as noticeable as issues with a leaking roof inside a home, making sure that your garage roof is in good condition is just as important. Here’s a quick look at why it’s important to monitor the condition of your garage roof and replace the roofing materials in a timely manner.
Does Your Garage Roof Need A Repair? Don’t Wait!
With the average cost of a new vehicle today topping $36,000,
it’s easy to see that you’ve got a lot of money tied up in your household’s
transportation. Though it can be easy to ignore a leaking or damaged garage
roof, doing so can lead to significant financial losses that you may not have
considered thoroughly in the past.
The Dangers of a Leaking Roof
A garage roof that leaks will lead to rotten decking and framing
members, requiring more significant repairs when you do decide to get the roof
replaced. As moisture seeps through damaged portions of your garage roof, that
moisture takes hold in your decking and rafters or trusses. Without exposure to
the sun, this moisture can cause rot to set in, as well as mold, which can have
its own health issues. Rot weakens the structure of your garage roof, which can
cause serious problems during winter.
In a worst-case scenario, during a heavy snow, your garage
roof’s weakened condition could lead to a catastrophic collapse, causing
significant damage to your vehicle’s body, paint and glass as the weight of the
snow breaks the members and causes the weight of not only the snow, but also
the roof and the ceiling in your garage. You even could find yourself in a
fight with your insurance company because of negligence in the maintenance of
your garage roof.
Make the Investment and Replace Your Garage Roof!
By taking the time to make sure that your garage roof is replaced at a reasonable point in its lifespan, you can ensure that you’ll be able to keep the time and costs required down to a minimum. Using high-quality materials protects not only the structure of your garage, but all of the items stored within. If you need help determining whether it’s time to replace your garage roof, the experienced professionals at AVA Roofing & Siding are ready to help. Please feel free to contact us today to get started.