When is the last time you had an inspection performed on your roof? If the answer is never or it’s been a few years, your roof may need repairs in order to keep protecting your home from weather damage and the need for premature roof replacements. Here are the top eight benefits of getting your roof inspected at least once a year and after every major storm.
1. You’ll be informed of any hidden roof damage
Damage to your roof isn’t always obvious, and you can’t always see it from the ground or even with a pair of binoculars. Professional roofs are trained to spot signs of roofing damage that homeowners may miss, and they have the tools and equipment to safely climb on your roof and perform the inspection. When roofers examine your roof, they are looking for dented, damaged or corroded roofing materials and missing roofing materials that may have fallen from your roof. Once the roofer completes the inspection, he or she will give you a detailed report on the findings, explain any damage they found verbally and answer your questions.
2. You’ll have an easier time filing an insurance claim after a storm
If you’ve recently had a severe storm, it’s important to get your roof inspected by a professional roofer. Legitimate roofers will not charge you for a roofing inspection, especially after a storm. This is because experienced roofers want to inform homeowners about potential roof damage that could impact the water-tightness of their roofs and help them schedule timely maintenance. If there is damage to your roof after a storm, the roofer will create a detailed report that can be submitted to your insurance company if you have to file a claim that is complete with pictures of the damage to your roof along with explanations of the damage and recommendations for repairs. Once your claim has been approved, the roofing company will work with your insurance company to repair or replace your roof after the storm, and it may not cost you much more than your insurance deductible.
3. You’ll know how much life is left in your roof
If your roof has been on your home for a few years and starting to show signs of age, a professional roofing inspection can help determine how much life is left in your roof and if any repairs can be made to extend your roof’s useful life. By knowing when you need a roof replacement, you will be better able to plan and save for the expense.
4. You’ll be able to make timely repairs before they result in water damage to your home
Most homeowners don’t regularly look up at their roofs. This means that they may not notice sections of their roof wearing at different rates. This is especially true of the side of your roof that receives the most sunlight. UV damage can cause your roofing shingles to fade and dry out, which can result in some shingles losing their granules prematurely and cracking or warping. Not to mention, metal roofing components, like the fascia and vents can wear out faster than your shingles. Getting a roofing inspection helps detect this type of damage before it results in minor and major roofing leaks that could damage your home and result in mold and mildew.
5. You won’t have to replace your roof as often
Most roofs are designed to last between 20 and 50 years with proper maintenance, which includes getting regular roof inspections to help find damage and small leaks. When roofing damage is found early, it can often be repaired at a relatively low cost when compared to having to put an entirely new roof on your home. This is because small leaks can quickly become large leaks, and if the water is left to leak for an extended amount of time, it could rot your roof’s decking and cause damage to the structural components of your roof as well as your attic insulation. When you add up all these potential costs, it’s much more cost effective to get an inspection and make minor repairs before they turn into major repairs.
6. You’ll rest easy knowing that your roof is doing its job
Getting yearly roofing inspections and inspection after every major storm will give you peace of mind. This is because you will always know the status of your roof. If it does need repaired or replaced, your professional roofer will give you an estimated timeline of when your roof should be repaired or replaced or the maximum amount of time you can go without repairing your roof.
7. You’ll stay safe
Letting a professional roofer climb on your roof is much safer than trying to inspect your roof yourself. Roofers know how to walk on roofs without falling, and they have the proper safety equipment and experience that allows them to walk across your roof without damaging it. They also know the signs of roof degradation so that they do not accidentally step on a weak spot and fall through your roof.
8. You’ll save money
By making minor repairs to your roof in a timely manner, you will actually be saving yourself money. This is because small repairs, like replacing a few shingles, vents and metal strips, is less costly than having to replace large sections that have failed or your entire roof due to hidden damage and multiple small leaks.
To schedule a roofing inspection to see if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced or to schedule an estimate for a roof replacement, give us a call today.