Buying your first home is one of the most exciting times, providing you with new hope for the future. However, with a new house comes more responsibility, and you’ll need to keep on top of all its maintenance requirements.
One property feature which shouldn’t get ignored but often gets forgotten about is your roofing. However, detecting issues early is one of the best pieces of advice we can give to a first-time buyer, saving you lots of hassle and stress later on.
Want to know more about roof maintenance? Follow these expert tips for beginners.
How Can You Spot Roofing Issues?
Your roof is one of those easy spots to overlook when you own a home. However, keeping an eye on its condition can be as simple as ensuring you’re familiar with how your roof looks from the ground so that you quickly notice any issues when they arise. This includes cracks or missing tiles, moss growth or overflowing gutters (indicating blockages).
Assess Risks Around Your Home
You should also think about anything around your property which could affect or damage your roof, such as large trees growing too close to your house. If there are trees you’d like to trim back, you’ll need to check that you own them first and whether there’s a preservation order applied. The safest and easiest way to ensure overgrowing trees won’t become an issue is to hire a tree surgeon.
What Are the Best Times of Year for Roof Inspections?
When you first move into your property, we would highly recommend you book a roof inspection so that you can check its current condition, whether it’s an older property or new build you’ve bought. This will provide you with a good indication of any roof work you may want to schedule or aspects to keep an eye on. Many people like to schedule roof inspections once or twice a year, often before and after the colder months. You may also choose to book gutter cleaning at the same time.
Why Should You Never Delay Roofing Work?
One of the best tips for first-time buyers when it comes to roofing issues is to nip them in the bud as soon as possible. This can save you lots of time, hassle and money further down the line, as most roofing problems will develop into something more serious if left unaddressed. Something as small as a missing tile or small crack could lead to water entering your interiors and causing leaks, or becoming worse over time, increasing the cost of roof repairs.
What About New Build Roofs?
Even if you’ve moved into a new build property, booking an inspection is a good way to check nothing is amiss. For example, some building companies may have left debris on the roof which needs removing. You may want to inform your house builder if they are at fault, with aftercare services often dealing with complaints for two years, before you’re covered by the NHBC (National House Building Council).