How much do you really know about your roof? If you do not know a lot, do not feel bad. It is highly likely you are right on par with many homeowners. However, there are some factors about a roof that every homeowner should know if they want to keep their property and family safeguarded.
1. Type of Roofing Material
Find out what type of material your roof is made from. All roofing materials have advantages and disadvantages. If you know what type of roof you have and you are experiencing an issue, you may be able to pinpoint it back to an issue that might be inherent with the roof type you have. For instance, leaks are a common problem with metal roofs. If you tell the contractor you have a metal roof, the contractor may be able to give you an idea where the leak is coming from even before an inspection.
2. Year of Installation
Make sure you know when your roof was installed. It is important for all homeowners to have this information because all roofs have a lifespan. Knowing when your roof was installed will give you a better indication of how long you have before you will need to begin to think about replacement. If you purchased an existing home and do not have this information, an inspection by a contractor can help give you a general idea of the roof's age.
3. Trouble Spots
It is a good idea to know about some of the trouble areas that may exist on your roof. In the event of strong winds or excessively heavy rain, these are the areas that are most prone to damage. As a result, these are the places you always want to look at to check for damage. Some of the common trouble spots include the area around skylights and chimneys. Again, a contractor can help you identify the trouble spots around your home.
4. Warranty Details
If you did not build your home, make sure you know the warranty details. Roof warranties are generally either transferable or non-transferable. If the warranty is transferrable, it means that the original owner could transfer the warranty to you, but if it is not, it cannot be transferred. You want to know this information to determine whether or not you need to invest in a warranty of your own.
If you need help learning more about your roof, contact a roofing contractor for further assistance.