As consumers we know that it is wise to do regular maintenance for our cars, but many of us do not apply the same logic to our most valuable possession: our homes. This is especially true for roofs, which often get neglected until a real problem arises and the only solution is major repair or even roof replacement. Even if you have a fairly new roof, issues such as scraping tree branches or clogged gutters can affect your roof’s integrity. The fact is that all roofs need maintenance to ensure their durability and long service life. One easy and affordable way to do this, is to have a roofing inspection once a year. Ultimately, a roofing inspection will allow you to take small preventative measures at a reasonable cost, and enjoy the hassle-free comfort and safety of your home.
Why Would My Roof Need an Inspection?
Your roof is exposed to multiple forces of nature every day, throughout the year. Things like fluctuations in temperature, sun, snow, wind, rain, hail, heat, and cold, all cause wear and tear to the roofing material and affect its ability to protect the home. For example, exposure to strong wind can uplift roofing shingles. Rain can penetrate the roof through weakened or eroded sealing materials used around the chimney, skylights, and plumbing vents. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause cracks allowing water to seep in. Moreover, roofing materials can wear significantly faster in warmer climates, when exposed to constant sun and heat. Clearly, your roof will be even more susceptible to potential damages if you live in regions prone to severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, snow and hail storms, droughts, etc. As a homeowner, you cannot determine how any of the above conditions affect your roof, and you cannot accurately assess the scope of damages that could have been done. A professional inspection takes care of these questions for you with a detailed examination of your roof, and provides specific suggestions for what needs to be fixed to keep the roof in solid shape. Continue reading