Maintenance inspections are routine for homeowners. A yearly check-up and service on your HVAC is a common practice to keep it running smoothly. Tree services are scheduled to maintain the health of trees on your property. Similarly, having a regularly scheduled inspection of your roofing system should be a part of your home maintenance checklist.
Catch issues while they are small.
Small issues can turn into big problems if they aren’t addressed. A regularly scheduled roof inspection can detect issues while they are minor. This will not only extend the life of your current roofing system but will save you money on larger, more costly repairs. Replacing roofing tiles that have minor damage or attaching a gutter that has gotten knocked loose is a quick repair. However, if these issues go undiscovered they can build into major damage that not only may cause damage to the entire roofing system but could also lead to interior damage that may not be covered by insurance.
Inspect quality of roofing materials and installation.
Even newer roofing systems can have problems. Faulty materials can be discovered by a professional inspection. From shingles excessively losing granules to metal panels prematurely weathering and rusting, the materials used may have issues. While inspecting the condition of the materials used on your roof, professionals can also check to see if they were installed correctly within the manufacturer’s installation guidelines. Finding these issues out quickly can ensure that you will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty if any problems are uncovered.
Detect storm damage.
Storm damage may not always be visible to the average homeowner. A complete review by a company that specializes in roofing system inspections will uncover any damage that may have occurred. Regular inspections can detect any damage that can be covered by your homeowner’s insurance.
You can’t file a claim if you aren’t aware of the problem. Warranties have time limits on reporting leaks or defective roofing materials. The only way to make sure the warranty on one of the biggest investments in your home is working for you is if you protect it by getting regular inspections.
Depending on the type and age of the roof, experts recommend homeowners get their roofing systems inspected every 1-2 years. Make sure the inspection company specializes in independent roof inspections only and does not offer repair services so you know you are getting an unbiased report on the condition of your roof.