3 Things New Homeowners Need to Know about the Roof

If you are a first-time homeowner and have recently purchased your new home, there are some things that you need to be aware of. With homeownership comes huge responsibilities. Some of those responsibilities are more costly than others.  Therefore, the more you know about your home the more money it could save you in the long run; especially when it comes to knowing things about your roof, which is one of the most expensive parts of owning a home. Below are three things that every new home owner needs to know about the roof of their home.

  1. Your Overall Roofing System

Your roofing system includes many parts, all of which can protect you and your family while providing safety, comfort and a lower energy bill. The components of your roofing system consist of the following:

  • The Attic Space 
  • The Outer Layer 
  • The Gutters 
  • The Fascia
  • The Timber and
  • The Decking

2. Roofing Inspection and the Knowing Current Condition Of Your Roof

You will need to make regularly scheduled roof inspection a part of your home ownership responsibilities. That will allow a few things to take place:

  1. You will know the current condition of your roof at all times
  2. It will reduce major roofing problems from occurring

     III. It will reduce costly repairs

3. The Ice Dams

Depending on which part of the country you live in, it’s important to be sensitive to the ice dams that appear on your roof. Layers of Ice can build up on the eaves of your roof. They can also shift and penetrate through the material on your roof. They are extremely hazardous, especially when sliding and falling from the roof of your home.

Keeping abreast of these three areas will help you to maintain your roof and increase the lifecycle which is roughly 15 years.

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How to Tell if Your Attic is Properly Insulated

It’s hard to tell if your attic is properly insulated without having a professional take a look at it, but there are a few telltale signs that will show that you need more insulation.

Ice Dams

If your attic is properly insulated, you will most likely never have a problem with ice dams during the winter. Ice dams form when rising heat melts only some of the snow on your roof. When the snow is away from the source of the heat, it freezes again and causes a buildup of ice on your roof. If you notice ice dams in the winter or the water damage that goes with them, you need to properly insulate your attic to prevent too much heat from escaping.

Temperature Changes

Knowing if the (lack of) insulation in your attic is affecting the temperatures in your home requires a little bit of work. First, open up all the inside doors to let the temperature in your home even out. Then, walk to different rooms and see if any of them are significantly warmer or colder than the rest of your home. If there are any significant differences, the insulation in those areas is probably poor and needs to be replaced.

You might also notice some drafty rooms even when you’re not performing this test. If you always notice a draft in a certain place, you definitely have a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

High Energy Bills

If you have poor insulation in your attic, you will almost certainly need to spend more money heating and cooling your home depending on the time of year. If this is the case and you have higher than usual utility bills, take a closer look at your attic’s insulation and consider having it replaced.

Contact Bruce Tall Construction today for all of your roofing needs!