When spring weather hits after a long, cold Northern winter homeowners start to get the itch to revamp their homes. This includes interior and exterior improvements ranging from replacing roofs to complete kitchen renovations.  Improvements that we will use and enjoy everyday always seem like the choice we want to make when allocating funds to renovations.  When contemplating what renovation to do next it isn’t always about what we want but sometimes what our home needs.  Your roof is your homes umbrella; if you need roof repair or roof replacement it is important that this is completed to prevent damage to the structure of your home.

A new roof is a big investment financially.  Roofing contractors can help you better understand the importance of keeping your roof’s structure and shingling in top shape.  A roof that has damage to the roofing materials including the underlayment and shingles is more susceptible to costly repairs down the road.  Leaky roofs lead to mold and water saturation that can compromise the structural integrity of your home.  As costly as replacing your roof can be structural damage to your home is worse not only on your pocket book but also the disruption to your life.

To save yourself from the stress that can be caused from a leaky roof or other roof damage it is important to hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof at least once a year.  As a homeowner it is crucial you do regular visual inspections for obvious signs of roof damage but a thorough inspection once a year by a licensed roofing contractor is critical.

A roofing contractor knows exactly what to look for when it comes to damage to your roof; especially when the damage is not obvious and is just beginning to occur.  As a homeowner look for obvious signs such as streaking on the shingles, buckled and curled shingling, missing granules from the shingle, rusted flashing, moss and mold.  Also inspect the attic to look for any signs of water damage or leaks.  If you notice any extra moisture a roof inspection by a professional is an absolute must.  Keep track of your energy bills as well.  If you see a large jump in energy use this is a pretty good sign you need to have an inspection done on your roof.

As a homeowner it is essential that you maintain your home.  The same is true for your roofing.  I mention this as it is not as obvious as maintain something visual like your homes landscaping.  Often the roof maintenance is overlooked.  At least once a year, if not twice, you should venture up on the roof with the sole purpose of cleaning your ventilation system and exhaust vents.  This is also a great time to caulk any areas of wear around pipes and vents as well as painting any metal that is exposed and rusting. This is also the perfect time to maintain your gutters.

Many homeowners focus too much on the interior of their homes especially when they are considering putting the home on the market.  This is a huge mistake.  The curb appeal and first impression that a buyer has of your home plays a vital role in the emotions buyers feel touring your home.  A fresh, clean well maintained exterior can sway a buyer because let’s be honest the idea of redoing the kitchen is more appealing to buyers and their extra funds than adding a new roof.