So how often should your roof be inspected? According to the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA), you should check your roof at least two times per year and it should be done in the spring and the fall. Specifically these times, because it is generally safer to be on the roof for an inspection, but it is also just after winter and summer, which is where most damage will happen to your roof. You should also check your roof after any major storm that happens involving hail, high winds, flying debris, etc. You could have a brand new roof, but hail can still damage it. So it is important to do an inspection on your roof often.
Why Do I Need A Roof Inspection?
So we understand how often we should do a roof inspection, but why? Maintenance is part of having a house. If you do not do the maintenance, you typically end up paying for it later on with more expensive repairs. The same goes for your roof. If you do not inspect your roof often, you will probably miss smaller problems. These smaller problems will eventually turn into bigger ones that will cost you more money. The roof is your first line of defense to the elements outside. If you have a shingle fall off, get a hole in your roof, sagging, etc; it is best to address it sooner than later. If you do not inspect your roof often though, you will miss it. Preventative maintenance will save you time and money and extend the life of your roof. Remember, your roof is protecting you from so many things. Doing an inspection and preventative maintenance will help protect your home structure, contents of your home, & your family’s health. Water damage can ruin a lot of things and cause unwanted mold. There are many things for you to maintain and inspect regularly around the house, but your roof should be something you do often without fail.
Tips For Inspecting Your Roof
Sometimes, if homeowners feel comfortable, they can make their own inspections. Some problems are easy to spot, even for the untrained eye. If you do decide to tackle a roof inspection on your own, be sure to do so safely first.
Safety Over Everything!
NEVER work on a wet roof
Secure the ladder at the top to prevent slipping and make sure it is on level, solid ground.
Extend the ladder at least 3 feet beyond your gutters, and it should be angled back from the house 1 foot for every 4 feet of height.
Have a partner hold the ladder while you climb
Always be careful going up and down the slope of the roof and be aware of your balance
Wearing a helmet can protect your head and other serious injuries if you were to fall
Always use your best judgement, if you do not feel comfortable doing something, DON’T
While that does not cover every safety measure you should follow, it gives you an idea of what to expect as you are doing a roof inspection. Since you will do this inspection often, it is important to know what to look for.
What To Look For In Your Regular Roof Inspection:
You should look for any:
Buckled or curled shingles
Damaged, missing, or old shingles
Shingle granules in your gutters
Loose material around your chimney, pipes, or other objects on the roof
Check for any soft spots on the roof
Do you see any parts of your roof sagging?
Cracked caulk or rust on flashing
Cracked or worn rubber boots around vent pipes
Missing or damaged chimney cap (might as well while you are up there)
Moss and lichen (this will tell you the roof is decaying underneath)
Checking for these will help you out in the long run and potentially prevent some big repairs. While your roof will never last forever, you can definitely extend the life of your roof by doing regular roof inspections often.
Hiring A Professional To Inspect Your Roof
If you do not feel comfortable doing your own roof inspections, you can always hire a professional to do so. It is definitely safer, and they will have a better eye at what to look out for. Be aware though, as some contractors will go door-to-door offering inspections, especially after a storm. While storm repair has its time and place, you need to make sure the company you are going with is reputable so you do not get scammed.
If You Are Paying Someone To Inspect Your Roof:
They should inspect:
Overall appearance of the roof, including the interior, to determine if there is surface deterioration or physical damage.
Flashing, boots, & caulked areas
Condition of shingles
Any areas that may build up water
Condition of gutters, drains, chimneys, roof vents, skylights, and any other objects on your roof
Evidence of any leaks going into your home
Always ask them to check your attic as well.
You want to get a wholistic idea of your roof’s current condition. Do you need any repairs? How much longer will my roof last? A roof will not last forever, but keeping up on your maintenance & regular inspections will save you in the long run by extending your roof’s life.
We Offer A Free Inspection!
If you are in the Columbus area, we offer a free inspection of your roof. We are committed to the roofing industry and treat every home like our own. If you are unsure of what to look for, or feel you may have a roofing issue, feel free to connect with us!