The start of a new calendar year is the perfect time for homeowners to go through their property and plan out any repairs, upgrades, or fixes that might become necessary in the near future, especially when it comes to your roof systems. Planning ahead with preventative maintenance can help you avoid the high costs of unanticipated fixes like roof repairs. On average, homeowners have to spend between one to four percent of their home value on annual maintenance and repairs, though those costs tend to increase the older a house is. To help you plan and budget, here’s a list of inspections and maintenance worth going through in January to keep your home’s roof in tip-top shape all year round.
- Schedule an inspection
Your roofing needs to be inspected at least once a year for loose or missing shingles, leaks, soft spots, or any problem areas. Don’t think that you can accurately assess it yourself from the ground. Hire professional roofing contractors to check over everything thoroughly and safely.
- Review your insurance
You never know when wacky weather might strike here in Colorado. Make sure your insurance protection and coverage is up-to-date and covers hail damage to your roof. On the other hand, if you’ve made improvements like adding impact-resistant shingles, you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance premium.
- Check the attic space
The winter is a great time to determine just how well insulated your attic space is and whether your roofing needs any leak repairs. Check for wet drips during a sunny day after a snowfall or look for pinholes of light shining through the ceiling. These are sure signs that you have at least a few small repairs to make or if you might need an entirely new roof altogether.
The best way to save money on home maintenance is to plan for repairs before problems come crashing through the roof. Get inspected, get insured, and check for leaks this New Year’s and you’ll be able to rely on the roof over your head for the rest of the year to come.