4 Roof Facts New Homeowners Should Know

As a new homeowner, there are plenty of things you need to learn about caring for and maintaining your investment. One of the most important aspects of your home for you to understand is the roof, and this is the one area that many new homeowners overlook. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company offers some roofing information that is beneficial for new homeowners to know.

1. Your Roof Can Affect Your Energy Costs.

When your roof is in good shape, you will experience lower energy costs. If your roof has a leak or is not properly ventilated, heat or cool air, depending on the time of the year can escape, causing your heater or AC to work harder. When those appliances are working harder, they use more energy, which means a higher utility bill for you. A well-maintained roof can save you money in the long run on both utilities and roof repair costs.

2. Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Roof. 

Home maintenance, such as gutter cleaning, can easily get pushed off for seemingly more important tasks. However, cleaning your gutters is actually one of the most important things you can do to protect your roof. Your gutters play a key role in protecting your home from water damage. Their job is to re-direct water away from the vulnerable places of your home, such as the roof and the foundation. When you fail to clean them, they don't work properly and water can't flow freely off the roof as it should. Due to the water pooling up on the roof, you could experience roof leaks. As a new homeowner, it's important that you have your gutters regularly cleaned, whether you do it yourself or hire someone for the job.

3. Roof Leaks Aren't Always Obvious. 

When you think about a leaky roof, you might picture a gaping hole in your ceiling. Unfortunately, leaks aren't always that obvious. In fact, they can go undetected for quite some time, causing all sorts of other issues in your home. This is why regular Lake of the Ozarks roof inspections are important. Many times, rain water will slip in around a missing nail or slide its way along the underlayment before soaking into your ceiling and insulation. Bubbling paint on the ceiling, wall discoloration or mold growth could all be signs that you have a leak somewhere. If you suspect a leak, don't hesitate to give us a call to come out and look at it.

4. Roofs Don't Last Forever 

While roofs can last a very long time, often times longer than you'll live in the home, they don't last forever. Asphalt roofs need replacing approximately every 15-20 years. When purchasing a new home, it's important to understand the age and quality of the roof, as well as when any repairs may have been completed on it. Careful maintenance can help extend the life of your roof. Be sure to schedule bi-annual roof inspections to ensure it's in tip-top shape.

Above & Beyond Roofing is here for all your Lake of the Ozarks roof repair needs. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for a free estimate on your roofing needs or to schedule a free roof inspection with us! There's no job too big or too small for our team. From inspections and repairs to entire re-roofs and new construction on residential and commercial properties, we have all your roofing needs covered!

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