Buying a home is a proud moment for any new homeowner, but it comes with new responsibilities and worries.
Will the AC hold up this summer? Can these pipes be counted on in the winter? Is the wiring safe? These type of maintenance concerns make themselves known quickly and obviously, and in the mix, we miss or put off the less obvious maintenance problems, which in the case of a roof, can lead to serious and expensive repairs.
Tulsa Roofs and Weather
Roofs in Tulsa are at particular risk from storm damage. Tornadoes, hurricane-force winds, and hail can cause anywhere from minor to catastrophic damage to a roof. Even minor damage, though, can be exacerbated by the next storm. Just last year, Oklahoma suffered nearly $80 million worth of property damage from tornadic storms. A tornado that hit the Tulsa area last August was responsible for more than $50 million of that total.
Fortunately, there are some effective steps you can take to prevent roof damage that left unattended could damage your home:
- Conduct an inspection of your roof and ceilings, particularly after storms. Look for water spots, wet insulation, and missing tiles. Don’t worry, you don’t need to go on your roof. You can see missing and damaged tiles easily from the ground and second story windows. If you cannot see your roof from the ground, your local roofing contractor would be glad to give you a free estimate and check it out. You can also poke your head in the attic area, if it is safe, to any reveal dampness and holes in the roof.
- Clean gutters regularly, and after storms, have debris removed from the roof. Clogged gutters and debris can harm tiles and shingles, and still water can lead to mold and rot.
- Call a certified roof inspector to give your roof a thorough inspection at least once a year, especially after major storms. Your ground and attic inspections will find what needs to be fixed ASAP, but a professional will give you a head start on fixing issues before the need for expensive repairs.
Protect Your Investment
A roof’s primary job is to keep the home dry. Therefore, a good investment for your repair efforts would be maintaining your gutters and shingles. Gutters don’t just protect your roof. They move water away from your entire house, preserving your house’s foundation.
The key to keeping your new home in good condition is regular roof inspection. We here at Perfection Roofing have served Oklahoma homeowners for nearly 40 years. Our licensed, bonded, and insured roof inspections are free. If you have concerns about your roof, please contact us.