A roof is an essential part of every home, yet many homeowners often overlook roof maintenance, exposing their property to avoidable damage. The most effective way to extend the lifespan of your roof and ensure that it is in good condition is through regular roof inspections.
Why Roof Inspections Are Important
Regular roof inspections are crucial in understanding the true condition of your roof. A roof inspection is a detailed examination of your roof done by a trained professional to assess the condition of your roof. Inspections are crucial for identifying small problems before they become costly problems. Here are five reasons to schedule a professional roof inspection.
1. Helps Detect Water Damage
Water is one of the primary threats to your roof. Rain, snow, and ice can cause premature deterioration and leaks that could jeopardize your home. Over time, even a tiny leak can lead to extensive property damage. These leaks are usually caused by localized damage including cracked or missing shingles, damaged flashing, or even clogged gutters. A professional roofer can locate and repair small leaks before they become a major problem.
2. Increases the Lifespan of Your Roof
Most new roofs are designed to last for at least 20 years or longer. Actual lifespan is determined by a number of factors, including climate, material quality, installation, and adequate maintenance. During an inspection, your roof will be thoroughly assessed, and preventive measures and repairs will be recommended to extend the lifespan of your roof. When a professional roofer does an inspection, they can often make minor repairs on the spot.
3. Protects Your Family and Property
Even minor cracks and roof leaks can lead to serious damage inside your home. You put your family and valuables at risk if moisture seeps in as a result of a neglected roof. A roof inspection can determine if there are any signs of mold or mildew on the exterior and interior of your home. Mold and water damage can cause health problems for your family and significant structural damage to your home.
4. Keeps You Safe
Roofing is a hazardous occupation and trying to do your own roof inspections can be risky. Climbing ladders or stepping on soft spots and loose shingles can lead to falls and serious injuries. A professional roofer has the training and experience to work at heights and prevent accidents. They will also use safety equipment to avoid damaging your roofing materials during the inspection.
5. Protects Your Roofing Warranty
A new roof is expensive and most now come with a warranty. Some roofing warranties require homeowners to get regular inspections. Hiring a professional to handle inspections can help prevent issues that lead to warranty voidance. Improper roof repairs and maintenance, poor installation, and unauthorized modifications are just a few reasons a warranty may be voided.
When to Schedule a Roof Inspection
Regardless of your climate, roof type, or the age of your home, a thorough roof inspection should be done at least once a year. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends scheduling inspections twice a year as part of your regular home maintenance routine.
In the Midwest, the best time for roof inspections are spring and fall. A spring inspection ensures the roof didn't suffer damage over the winter and in the fall it confirms the roof is ready to handle the next winter. It’s time to schedule a roof inspection if:
You notice obvious damage or worn or missing shingles.
You see ponding water on your roof.
Your roof has mold, mildew, or algae growing on it.
Your roof is leaking.
A serious storm has recently passed through your area.
It's been over a year since your last inspection.
What a Professional Roof Inspection Covers
A comprehensive inspection checks all parts of your roof: shingles, metal or tiles, vents, drainage, and underlayment. The inspector will look for:
Leaks, cracks or rust
Unusual wear and tear
Missing or damaged shingles
Mold, mildew, or algae growth
Damage to vents, gutters, skylights or chimneys
An inspector may also check the interior of your attic, walls, and ceilings. Evidence of mold or water stains is cause for concern, as it indicates there is a leak that should be located and repaired as quickly as possible.
Protect Your Home with Regular Roof Inspections
Since 1999, Brian Dawson Roofing & Construction has been installing residential and commercial roofing systems throughout the greater St. Louis region. Because all of our work is done under warranty and fully insured, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your new roof is dependable and long-lasting.Contact us online or at (636) 733-6435 to schedule a free inspection and consultation. Our experienced professionals will arrive on time, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to detect leaks and other problems your roof may be facing. Our mission is to provide quality roofing services and top-notch customer service, all at a competitive price.