Hi y’all! So, you are a new homeowner or soon-to-be homeowner! Congratulations on making your biggest investment. Hope you will make lots of happy memories in your new home!

Often, when you find the home of your dreams, the farthest thing from your mind is aesthetic maintenance tasks. Most of us don’t think a lot about landscaping upkeep and periodic painting, and tasks that affect comfort and energy bills, such as HVAC maintenance. We’re here to tell you about the one home system that stands, or sits, above the rest — your roof. Read on to learn three things you should know about your roof as a new homeowner, from your trusted Northern Virginia roofer.

Your Roofing System

When you maintain your roofing system, you are maintaining and protecting everything and everyone inside your home. Moreover, keeping your roofing system in good shape helps you enjoy better indoor comfort and lower energy bills. So, we’ll help you get to know your roofing system, and some of the language we use as roofers:

Outer layer: Your roof’s outer layer gives your home curb appeal and is the first layer against the elements. Keep an eye on your roof shingles or tiles for signs of wear — especially following storms.

Decking: The shingles or tiles are fastened to a foundation made of plywood.

Timber: Joists, rafters and other wooden parts make up your roof’s frame.

Eaves: The eaves are the portions of your roof that extend beyond the exterior walls.

Fascia: Fascia board is attached to the end of the eaves.

Gutters: Gutters are attached to the fascia.

Attic space: Since good attic ventilation is imperative to a healthy roof, consider this space part of your roofing system. It should be well ventilated, air sealed and insulated.

Roof Inspections are a good way to make sure your roof is sound and secure

A prudent thing to do when you purchase a new home is to call your roofer for scheduled roof inspections and preventive maintenance at least once a year, following strong storms and at the first sign of roof problems.

At American Cowboy Roofing, we are always available to deliver superior service when you need it. With over 50 years’ experience, a Virginia Class A license, and a Certified CertainTeed ShingleMaster, we will give you an honest expert roof evaluation and quote. Call American Cowboy Roofing and you too will be saying YAHOO!

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