A Roofing Maintenance Guide for Landlords

The state of the roof is one of the first things people notice when approaching a property. Sure, they might not figure out a leak until the first downpour, yet, for a tenant, this alone might be the reason enough to leave. For this reason alone, roofing maintenance is one of the most important factors for every landlord.

The way in which this works is fairly simple, seeing as how roofing isn’t a day-to-day effort. The very word regular tends to make some people afraid of this, yet, in this particular scenario, it’s something that you’re supposed to do once every year and it seldom takes more than an hour of your time. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several roofing maintenance tips for landlords.

1.      Signs of Trouble

The first thing we already mentioned is the fact that this is something that doesn’t have to be done more than once per year. Still, in order to make this as short and reliable as possible, you need to know what you’re looking for.

First, you need to spot any loose or missing fittings, seeing as how they indicate potential structural damage. Other than this, watch out for discolouration, since this is where the mould is beginning to develop. Naturally, a mould is one of those problems that are easy to root out early on but a proper nightmare once they grow enough in size.

Missing shingles are probably the most logical indicator of a damaged roof, seeing as how they’re easy to spot even without an inspection and it doesn’t take much for one to figure out what potential damage this could cause. When looking from the underside of the roof, light that shines through is usually the best indicator that something’s afoot.

2.      DIY Repair or Professional Assistance

Once you recognize a problem, you’ll have a much better insight into the optimal course of action in the future. On the one hand, professional roof repair is a costlier project and, in a case where only a slight improvement or fix is required even an unnecessary one.

Sure, if you’re shorter on time or will to engage in carpentry projects, you might want to look for some professional assistance but if this is not the case, you can also take a different route. Purchase all the materials you need from agencies like Interline Manufacturing, make sure that you have all the necessary tools and just jump right into it.

3.      Regular Maintenance Saves Money

Lastly, you need to keep in mind that while inspections only take place once per year, regular maintenance is something that needs to take place seasonally. For instance, during the spring, you get to clean gutters, in the autumn you need to check for pests in the attic, whereas during the coldest part of the year, you need to winterize pipes and flush the water heater.

Needless to say, pruning trees and cleaning the debris is also something you need to take care of on a regular basis, due to the fact that this is a safety hazard.

In Conclusion

From the standpoint of a landlord, it’s all about the ROI. Sure, you need to keep the roof in the best state possible but over investing in its fixing might not give you the adequate return. Remember, you’re not improving your own home but investing in a business. That being said, you need to be 100 per cent sure that this investment will be worth your while. Otherwise, you need to look for an alternative. Also, you need to make an estimate of maintenance vs. repairs and see which of the two gives you a better return.

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  2. Arthur says:

    Thanks for the share, this is all marvelous ideas. As a landlord owner, I’m aware as well with the concern you brought up and happy to read your blog reminding me of the things that I needed to check on. I will put in a note of this to keep a copy. Thank you again!

  3. Bill says:

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  5. I like that you suggested that there need to be signs of wear on the roof before getting a professional. My wife and I would need an expert to check the roof in our home. During the recent storm, our ceilings were dripping and we will need an expert in roofing services to know what is needed to be done in our home.

  6. James says:

    Great Roofing maintenance tips for me thanks for share this article ..
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  7. Shure Nam says:

    Thanks for sharing! They’re good tips. But yeah, I would encourage people to try not to renovate if at all possible, if you’re gonna have to borrow money in order to do it. It just doesn’t seem like the most prudent thing to do. Unless, like you mention in your post, if it’s for structural damage to the home or something like that where the safety is compromised!

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  9. Georgia Cooper says:

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  10. Excellent tips! Regular maintenance is the key to ensure that roof will last its lifetime so it is important that any problem must be spotted early on so that they are timely repaired and not grow into a big scare that might take a lot of money to be repaired.
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  11. When dealing with landlords the needs of the roof are very different than your average home owner, thanks for the information

  12. I liked what you said about how knowing what you’re looking for can be really useful when looking for problems and notice any fittings that indicate damage to the structure. My cousin has been thinking about getting some help from a professional so that his roof can be more structurally sound and improve the construction. Being able to prevent damage from storms, weather, and water could be really useful in saving money.

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  14. This in just the perfect time. I really need this guide Thanks a bunch!

  15. Christopher says:

    This is really a helpful article! Thank you for sharing some tips that can help us in near future. This is what exactly we’re looking for.

  16. Chris Broker says:

    Awesome tips! I am an Insurance agent and I’m always dealing with roof issues for homeowners and landlords! Thanks

  17. Zoe Campos says:

    I’m glad that you talked about loose parts of the roof that might be a sign of structural problems. We’ve noticed that some parts of our shingles look odd compared to other areas and we’re afraid that this is only the tip of the problem. It would be better to ask our landlord if we’re the ones who should call roofing contractors for repair service.

  18. It’s really great to let people know that they can save some money by doing their own maintenance. This guide will help the landlords a lot.

  19. Florence says:

    Probably one of the best guide I have read so far. You shared a lot of information not just for the landlords but most who struggled with their roofs. Gotta keep the small dents to oneself and start repairing…or have help with professionals if needed.
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  21. Joanne Pace says:

    It is a nice blog. Yes you have written good things here.

  22. Mike spectar says:

    These are extremely useful tips to take care of roofing issues before giving your house for rent

  23. Mamun Rahman says:

    It is always best to hire experienced professionals for roof repair services otherwise it can be risky for the residents.
    The article refers to the free service provided by experienced professionals which can be really effective and eliminates
    the possibility of further damage if inspected by an inexperienced person.

  24. Justin says:

    Thanks for posting. You are correct, missing shingles, discoloration, and interior leaks are great indicators that the roof needs some attention. It is important to keep an eye out and address issues as quickly as possible. This will help prevent any unnecessary damage to the home.

  25. This is really a helpful article! Thank you for sharing some tips that can help me in near future.

  26. Mike spectar says:

    Thanks for sharing. Maintenance of roof is something every landlord should keep in mind and must do regular inspections of roofs and repairs(if needed).

  27. Carla M says:

    I completely agree. Landlords may deal with their roof maintenance quite differently than any normal homeowners. Thank you for the guide. You can also check out my trusted and reliable roofers here in Boise http://www.boiseroofers.com

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