Roof Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

Your roof is one of your home’s most important features. Nonetheless, you probably don’t give it much thought. When there is a leak or other problem, though, your roof can cause you considerable stress. While you don’t have to be a roofing installation expert, you should know four basic things about your house’s roof.

  1. Materials

You probably know your roof has shingles. Did you know, though, that you have a variety of shingle options?  Typically, homeowners choose from asphalt, concrete, tile, slate, or wood shingles. They also might cover their house in metal. Which shingle material is right for your home depends on many factors. Since each has advantages and drawbacks, you should discuss material options with a qualified roofing contractor. If you are looking to replace your roof, choosing the right materials is essential.

  1. Drainage

Roofs do not function well if they do not have adequate drainage. During or after your roofing installation, contractors should have installed gutters. Your job as a homeowner is to guarantee they remain free from leaves and other debris. If you notice water pooling on your roof or around your downspouts, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately.

  1. Storms

As you might expect, roofs are designed to hold up well to the elements. While most roofs are capable of weathering storms, they are not invincible. Since storms can cause damage that you can’t see, you might consider scheduling a professional roofing inspection after serious storms.

  1. Reroofing

Depending on your roof’s materials, it might last for two decades or longer. It will not, however, last forever. If you haven’t reroofed in years, your shingles might be damaged and worn. Instead of risking a potentially costly leak, schedule an inspection for any roof older than 15 or 18 years.

While roofing installation should generally be left to professional roofing contractors, you should know these four basic things about your house’s roof.

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