Imagine a grown up version of Halloween where you purchase a beautiful new home … only to find out a few months later that the "quaint" shake roofing tiles you thought added character to your home are infested with insects.
Trick or Treat.
Or, where you invest in a new slate roof for your traditional style home … and then less than a year later a limb breaks off a nearby tree and cracks those beautiful slate tiles.
Trick or Treat.
You get the idea. Being a homeowner can be scary. When evaluating a replacement or new roof — or even a new home purchase — you have to mentally dress up like a super hero or wizard to make sure you're making the best roofing decision for your home.
Here are some fast tips from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes to use when evaluating a roof to assure you don't get tricked in the long run:
Tip #1 – Determine the age of the existing roof, the material it's made of and any manufacturer warranties.
Tip #2 – Invest in having a professional roofer do a comprehensive evaluation of the roof to determine any potential issues — especially those you can't see from the ground, such as missing tiles, weak spots and damaged areas.
Tip #3 – Look in the gutters. If there are asphalt shingles on the roof and you find lots of loose granules in the gutters this can be an indication the roof is starting to fail.
Tip #4 – Think about your geographic location. If you live in an area with the potential for wildfire spread, high winds, sea air or severe weather, know that the roof takes the brunt of these conditions — and you should have a roof overhead that will help protect your home.
Tip #5 – Do your research. If it's time to consider a new roof, synthetic slate and shake tiles should be tops of your list. Investing in these impact-, fire- and insect-resistant tiles can save you maintenance hassles for decades to come … plus can potentially help lower your homeowner insurance.
For more tips on roofing materials and how to evaluate your roof, see Tips to Determine if You Need a New Roof and Save $$$ with Imitation Slate and Synthetic Shake Roofing.