If you’re recently purchased your first home, we’d like to start by congratulating you. Owning your first home is an important milestone, and it’s something you should be extremely excited about.  You should also know that one of the most important things you’ll need to do as a homeowner, involves maintaining various parts of your house or condo, including your roofing system. Below are just a few of the things you’ll want to keep in mind.

You should have your roof inspected at least 2x a year

When you take your car into the dealership for an oil change, the technicians do more than just change the oil. They perform a multi-point inspection of your vehicle just to ensure that everything is working as it should.  This is what a roof inspection is for—and most experts agree that you should have your home inspected in the spring, the fall, and after every major weather event.

Before you start to get concerned about the costs for this, you should know that reputable roofing companies perform this service for free. If they determine that your roof needs to be repaired, they’ll provide you with a detailed breakdown of what they found and what the recommended course of action is.  They’ll also provide you with a detailed estimate that includes a cost estimate for both labor and materials.

If your roof was damaged in a recent storm, you should also know that there’s a chance that the repairs could be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. The roofing company you’re working with can help you understand how to get the claims process started.

If your roof is leaking, you might not need to replace it

Leaking roofs are a cause for concern- however, depending on the extent of the problem, you might not need to replace your entire roof.  The best thing to do in this situation is to contact a local roofing company as quickly as possible.  First, small problems cost less to fix than big problems (and addressing the issue right away will help prevent it from turning into a larger issue.) Second, the contractor you’re speaking with will perform a detailed inspection and they’ll let you know the exact extent of the damage.

For more information about the types of things that first-time homeowners in SWFL should know about their roofing system, call our office today to speak with a reputable expert.