How Often Do You Need a Roof Inspection?

The purpose of a roof inspection is to identify problems before they escalate and inflict damage.

Roof Inspection

Replacing a roof is not cheap, and you want to get the most you can out of your current roof while you save for a new one. If you can’t remember your last roof inspection, it’s time to call a trusted contractor for an in-depth assessment.

Roof Inspection Checklist

Your contractor will look at four key areas during the inspection:

Flashing

The metal flashing that’s found in the seams and around vents and the chimney is central to water damage protection. If it’s buckled, warped or rusty, the roof’s security is compromised. Replacing bent flashing is a minor repair that can offer major benefits.

Gutters

Your home’s water drainage system — your gutters and downspouts — must be functional and efficient to avoid rot and decay. During the inspection, your contractor will check to see if the gutters are securely attached to the home. He or she also looks for shingle granules shedding into the gutters — one of the signs your roof may need to be replaced soon.

Shingles

The contractor also examines the shingle coverage. Any missing or buckling shingles will be replaced to ensure adequate protection for your home.

Attic

The roofing expert also looks in your attic for signs of moisture or leaks in the decking. He or she will ensure all ventilation is effective and working properly.

Can You Inspect Your Roof On Your Own?

You can climb up a ladder and look at your roof, but you should never climb on it. You could fall off and get hurt, and you could damage the roofing materials too. It’s better to hire professionals to conduct an inspection — they have the proper training, the right safety equipment and they know exactly what to look for.

Create a Roof Inspection Schedule

Ideally, you should schedule a roof inspection twice a year. If you can’t get a professional on site that often, schedule it for at least once per year. Get your home looked at after the winter season so that any damage from snow, ice and wind can be repaired immediately. Have the roof looked at in the fall too, so the roofing materials can be shored up before winter comes again.

Keeping your roof in good condition is one of the best ways to limit home damage, maintain curb appeal and preserve property value. Trust the Roof Doctor for a timely roof inspection and quality follow-up repairs.