The Importance Of Regular Roof Inspections
Neglect Equals Costly Repairs . . . Be Proactive & Save Money
We see the roofs of our homes every day, but we never give them much thought.
But we should.
Like an annual physical or car maintenance inspection, your roof requires a regular inspection in order to keep it healthy and “running properly.” It doesn’t need to be annually, but certainly every two years (unless it just endured a particularly harsh season or storm).
“Spending a few hundred bucks each year on a roof inspection WILL save you thousands of dollars in the long run,” says Samuel Imbraico, General Manager of Architecture Roofing & Remodeling of Dallas, one of the most reputable roofing contractors in North Texas, as evidenced by a top rating from the Better Business Bureau. “It’s a preventative routine every homeowner should get into the habit of.”
It’s not easy to determine the condition of a roof based on how it looks. Which is why hiring a licensed, certified roofing inspector is one of the smartest things you can do for yourself and your home.
Roof inspections gauge the remaining life of a roof. The inspector will look at the roof angle and see how long it takes for water to evaporate. An acceptable rate is around two days but it can vary by location. They’ll also walk on the roof and look and feel for weak areas that may include rots or leaks as well as voids in insulation. By using the latest roofing inspection technology, we are able to identify hidden and complicated roof leaks and issues that cannot be uncovered with the human eye.
Common Roof Problems
Roofs may look simple, but they’re really a complicated sort, which can provide for a multitude of problems. To wit:
- Loose, broken or missing roofing material
- Blistered, curled of split shingles or tiles
- Shingle granules in rain gutters
- Improper air conditioning or swamp cooler installation
- Sagging between rafters or near ridges
- Broken or loose shingles near ridge and hip lines
- Rusty metal where house meets the roof
- Loose, missing or corroded flashing
- Proper ventilation to allow roof to breathe
- Depressions near vent pipes, clogged drains or separations in flashing that cause water pooling
There are many fly by night, so called “roofing contractors” that are not, in fact, licensed or certified. Do your homework when hiring one. Check the local Better Business Bureau ratings – that’s always the most accurate and unbiased indicator.
Don’t Forget The Chimney
If your inspection indicates the need for repair, be sure to inspect the chimney before you begin any maintenance. This way you can coordinate your roofing contractor with a mason in order to get repairs that work together rather than become a detriment to the other.
In short, save your roof and save your money.