When Should You Get Your Roof Inspected?
What To Consider When Inspecting Your Roof? How often, When and Why?The Ultimate Guide!
Your roof is the part of your home that is exposed to the full force of the environment and all the elements that come with it. Your roof is there to protect you and the rest of your home from heat, cold, rain, hail, wind and all other outside elements. You must do basic maintenance, such as roof inspections, to ensure that your roof continues to protect your home. A metal roof that is is well maintained can have a lifespan of up to 50 years.
The big question is: How often should roofs be inspected?
A roof inspection is an important task that is often overlooked by most people until there is a problem. Depending on the residential or commercial building, various factors determine how often a roof inspection should be performed. When you think about your roof and how it protects your building, it’s only natural that it would face some wear and tear. But you can also counteract that wear and tear by addressing the care of your roof and the frequency of roof inspections.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN INSPECTION
If you’ve ever thought about how often a roof inspection should be done or even considered having your roof inspected by a professional, in that case, you’re probably unsure what to look for in a roof inspection. Many companies can provide roof inspections with a done. This allows up close and detailed inspections.
How often you should have a roof inspection depends on many factors—wondering if you can do it yourself? Basic maintenance includes doing a quick roof inspection yourself, and the process is relatively simple. As a home or property owner, there are a few things you can look out for without having expertise, additional equipment or tools. When inspecting the roof, keep the following in mind:
1. CRACKED ROOFING
The first and easiest things to look for are cracks or chips in the roof tiles. In a metal roof you are looking for missing screws, loose sheets or signs of corrosion.
Going into the roof cavity during a sunny day can also show you if there are gaps or holes in your roofing if sunlight is clearly visible.
Of course for a tile roof, more minor cracks or hairline cracks are difficult to see from the ground, but larger cracks in the tiles are obvious if you are up close.
In a metal roof the types of issue to look for are missing screws. These leave small holes which can leak in wet weather.
Often if you get your gutters cleaned each year, this can be a great time to also look for signs of damage not only to the roof but also to your fascias and gutters
2. SIGNS OF MOISTURE ISSUES
The second and most accessible feature to check for is signs of mould, dirt and algae. If there are signs of water damage, you should be able to see some form of discolouration on your ceiling. We all know that tell tale sign of discoloration on your white ceiling. Sometimes it can be a once off event if strong winds have bought the weather at an extreme angle or if your gutters were blocked and water has had no where to escape except back and upwards into the roof cavity. This is one reason why regular gutter cleaning is so important.
Some times you will need a professional inspection, and this is when they question, “How often should the roof be inspected?”
If you have found defects in your roof during your own initial inspection, it is important to call in a roofing professional to review the severity of the damage and determine what needs to be done to correct the problems that have been identified. This is important for your home insurance. It is up to you to keep your roof maintained to prevent damage to your home and an insurance claim that could have been prevented.
A professional has the appropriate skills, equipment and knowledge to perform a thorough, safe and accurate inspection. If you are concerned about the company you hired to inspect your roof, there are a few things you should ask during the inspection:
REASONS FOR INSPECTING YOUR ROOF
How often roof inspections should be performed can sometimes be determined by a reactive response instead of a proactive one. Some situations require an immediate roof inspection, and others where one is necessary for legal reasons.
You should perform a self-inspection every time after a major storm. High winds can dislodge parts of your roof as well as cause issues like falling branches. These can cause major damage to a roof, and most homeowners don’t notice them until the damage becomes more extensive. Therefore, check your roof thoroughly after high winds. Call a professional and have your roof professionally inspected if you’re unsure, so you don’t have to worry.
If you have a tile roof, it can be wise to check your roof if you have had contractors on your roof installing solar panels or cleaning the panels. It can be easy for a tile to be cracked when they are stepped on by a contractor on your roof.
If you observe a leak in the ceiling of your home, it’s again time to call a professional roofer or a roof plumber. You may be able to determine the cause of the leak yourself, but if it were that obvious, you probably would have discovered the problem before you noticed the leak.
Most professional roofing contractors also offer leak detection services as part of their roof inspection. They are able to trace the leak back to the source and fix the problem on the spot or provide some sort of temporary solution to prevent further damage before performing a permanent fix.
All of these items fall outside of the regular inspection calendar and are considered when determining the frequency of roof inspections but should be in addition to your routine inspection. They should not replace it.
WHY YOUR ROOF NEEDS TO BE INSPECTED
Roof inspections should be done on a regular basis, as they allow you to identify and fix minor problems before they become more visible (and more expensive). A broken roof tile may not seem like a big problem, especially if there are no other issues, such as a leak. But a broken roof tile can easily fall, breaking other roof tiles or falling on people walking by. This not only results in a safety hazard, but it can also lead to higher repair costs in the future.
If you have purchased a new property, you should have a roof inspection performed as part of the building inspection to determine the roof’s condition and whether or not it needs to be replaced or repaired. If you are buying an older or run-down property, an initial roof inspection can provide information about whether the property is safe for you to move into or if roof repairs are needed before you can move in. It will give you some price bargaining power as well if you can prove that the roof will need to be replaced and you will have to outlay for this to be done.
To learn more about roof inspection and maintenance, contact the experts at AWS Roofing today. Our roofers are experienced knowledgeable and offer professional advice on your roofing project.