Everything A Homeowner Needs To Know About Their Roof
1. What roofing material is on your roof?
Like how clothing items can be made from different materials such as wool, cotton, silk, etc., roofing products can be manufactured from a wide range of different materials. Traditional roofing tiles are made from clay, concrete, and slate but as the industry progressed there became more demand for lightweight, low-pitch materials. This led to the development of flat roofing materials like EPDM rubber, Asphalt, or GRP fibreglass and metal roofing tiles and shingles. By knowing what material you have covering your roof, you’re one step closer to fixing any future repair work!
2. How old is your roof?
Depending on the materials used on your roof, the estimated lifespan could be anywhere from 10-60 years. However, if you’re in the process of buying a home, by finding out how old the roof is you may be able to negotiate a lower price. This is important because you can find out how likely it is you need to replace the roof.
3. Don’t delay repairs
When it comes to repairing your roof, don’t put it off for a rainy day! Cracked tiles, failed flashings or sunlight poking through are all signs that repair work must take place to prevent further damage to your roof and even more damage to your bank account.
4. Does your roof have a warranty?
Depending on how old the property is, or if the roof has been replaced recently, there is a chance that it could be covered by a warranty. Different roofing materials can offer different warranties as every product, and installation is different. While some companies may only provide a 5-year warranty, other companies advertise longer warranties of 30+ years. On average warranties last for approximately 25 years.
5. Never do a DIY roof inspection
A proper roof inspection cannot be done from the ground. Roofing experts will climb onto your roof to do a thorough inspection. You mustn’t do this yourself due to the many health and safety risks. A trained professional roof inspector will have access to the equipment needed to detect any faults.
6. Do you have all the relevant, important documentation you may need?
An important point that is often forgotten. During the process of buying and/or selling a home, acquiring the proper and relevant documentation for the ‘bricks and mortar’ can often be challenging. Be sure to keep all the documents from the manufacturers, suppliers, and installers in a safe place.
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