Roofing for New Homeowners: What You Need to Know

June 1, 2023

You finally did it! You saved and planned, and now you have a new home. It is the end of one journey and the beginning of another. While the roof of your new home was inspected as a part of the sale, you will still need to maintain and eventually replace it. You will find that as a homeowner, you must become a jack of all trades.

It’s important to learn the difference between what is an appropriate DIY project and what sort of projects will require expert attention. We can save you some time: your roof is worth a call to the professionals. Here’s how to know when to make that call.

Up-To-Date Inspections

It is important to remain up-to-date on the condition of your roof. A roof can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. If it was replaced shortly before you bought your home, you have quite a while before you need to think about replacing it. If this is the situation you find yourself in, you can comfortably get by on bi-annual inspections. 

If your new home’s roof is nearing the end of its life cycle, you will want to have it inspected annually so you can prepare for the costs associated with installing a new roof. Regardless of where your roof is in its lifecycle, you want to consider an inspection in the event of severe weather as a serious storm can cause serious damage.

How To Spot-Check Your Roof

While you are likely not equipped to properly inspect your home, you will want to know how to spot the signs of potential damage. Not every roof issue is as obvious as a giant hole. 

It should be noted that you should only conduct these checks if you are comfortable with heights and climbing a ladder. If you are not comfortable with either but you are noticing moisture seeping into your ceiling, schedule an inspection. 

If you are comfortable with climbing onto your roof, you will want to look for the following:

  • Cracked or missing shingles
  • Cracked or missing flashing around vents
  • Rot or sagging roof
  • Plant life 

Thankfully, not all of these issues will require you to replace your roof. If you are well within your life cycle and missing a few shingles, a simple repair should solve the problem. The same can be said for missing flashing. However, should you notice any of the above issues, have it inspected so you can be clear on what your next steps are. 

The Cost of a New Roof

Regardless of where your new home’s roof is in its life cycle, you will want to know how much a new roof will cost so you can be prepared when the time comes. 

The national average for roof replacement is $8000. This is only the average, and the cost to you personally will depend mostly on the square footage of your roof and the materials you choose to use. 

If you have ten or more years to save, you might be able to have this sum ready when the time comes to replace your roof. Of course, life happens, and it can be difficult to save thousands of dollars for a new roof. Luckily, many roofers offer financing options to help families keep their houses the safe, comfortable home that they deserve.

When the Time Comes, Call on Us

MNRC is here to help you keep a quality roof over your home. Not only do we offer inspection services but our GAF Master Elite certified contractors will also provide your home’s roof with quality craftsmanship. 

If you are unsure about the condition of your roof or you are due for an inspection, reach out today!




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