Roofing Tips – 3 Things New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof
As a new homeowner you have just committed to paying a lot of money for your home. Congratulations! We hope you love your new home. It can be whatever you make of it. Or it can become whatever you let it become if you don’t take care of it. When you buy a home, no one gives you any roofing tips on how to care for the roof.
Because you live in Texas your home’s foundation will likely shift. Most folk understand that. That your roof will also likely experience weathering and even deterioration is also a common understanding. To help you become a homeowner who knows how to care for the top of your home we offer you these three tidbits of information.
Roofing Tip #1 – Learn the Parts of a Roof
Your roof is the first line of protection from nature’s challenges. Survival training teaches the first thing to do is build a shelter over your head. That’s how important your roof is. It is also important to know the parts of your roof. By knowing the parts of the roof you will be able to better care for them and ensure the integrity of the overall roof.
Here are the major parts of your roof:
Truss – The roof’s “skeleton” is the support for the plywood under your roof. Make sure the plywood is nailed solidly to the truss (also called “the rafters”).
Decking/Sheathing – In most homes this is the plywood nailed to the truss. If you walk on your decking/sheathing and it is loosened from the truss you will need to repair that area.
Drip Edge – Even though this is the first thing you see when you look up to your roof this is not just a cosmetic part of the roof. Drip edges should ensure that water is running off the roof and not back into the truss.
Soffit – This part of the roof is a great place for birds and other creatures to nest. It’s the space under the roof overhang that has been closed off. It is usually vented to let air circulate and there’s where creatures think you created that space for them.
Ridge – The high point of your roof. Make sure there’s a ridge cap or adequate material to keep water from seeping into the roof at these joints.
Flashing – Metal used around roof line intersections, vent pipes, chimneys, etc. used to protect water from draining into those seams.
Valley – The angle where two downslopes of a roof meet. These must be continuously cleared to avoid shingle or wood rot.
Fascia – This is the edge of the truss below the roof/shingle line and is usually where the gutters are attached. Gutters. Water runs through the gutters. Water rots wood. Get it? Check to make sure your fascia is not getting waterlogged.
Drip edge – This is the piece of metal at the very edge of the shingles. What does it do? It routes water into proper drainage channels.
Underlayment – This is the material you don’t see under the shingles that protects the decking/sheathing from moisture. If you see this underlayment get repairs soon!
Roofing Tip #2 – Keep It Clean
Did you notice something common in the parts of the roof preceding this section? That’s right. Most parts are purposed to get “stuff” (water, trash, tree limbs, leaves, pine cones and needles, etc.) off the roof. The most obvious, yet often forgotten roofing tip, is to make it part of your regular care to keep your roof clean and clear of all that “stuff.”
Roofing Tip #3 – Plan for “A Stormy Day”
At Duran’s Roofing and Remodeling our primary intent is to “repair before replace.” Repairs are less costly than replacing the roof. That said, there are times when the roof does need to be replaced. Unless there is a legitimate insurance claim replacing a roof can cost thousands of dollars. Set aside part of your household budget to build a roof fund. Let it earn interest while it sits until you need it. If you never need it, think of the things you could do with that money!
When you need a roofing company you can trust, a company that values our integrity, values our customers and works diligently to give you an excellent customer experience, give Duran’s Roofing and Remodeling a call. We can inspect your roof and give you tips on what you can do to care for the top of your home.