Regular roofing maintenance enhances the performance of your roof and increases its lifespan. An essential aspect of maintenance is scheduling regular inspections, which unearth potential faults with your structure. However, most homeowners don't know when to conduct roofing inspections. Most wait for warning signs that usually occur after extensive damage to the roof. If you want to increase your roof's durability and avoid costly repairs, here are four instances when you should schedule an inspection.
Annually After Installation
You need to conduct a roof inspection at least once every year. Annual checks aim at unearthing any minor issues that may have occurred during the year. During this exercise, your contractor should carry out the following tasks.
- Check for leaks around fixtures such as solar panels and skylights
- Replace broken, worn, and missing shingles
- Reseal caulk around vent pipes
- Clean the roof to get rid of algae
These seemingly simple tasks can significantly impact the performance of your roof. For example, re-caulking and fixing leaks can prevent water damage to the roof framing and the entire house.
After a Big Storm
Do you live in an area that experiences severe storms? Storms are unforgiving to roofing structures. Hail causes structural damage to shingles and tile roofing. If tree branches fall on your roof, they can break shingles, cause leaks, and accelerate wear and tear. Thus, it's essential to schedule a roof inspection immediately after a severe storm. During the inspection, the contractor identifies damage caused to the roof and repairs it. Prompt repairs can save you a lot of money.
Before the Cold Season
Most modern roofs are insulated to prevent energy loss during the winter. Depending on your roof type, you may have the insulation on the roof's surface or in the cavity. Both types of insulation can use an inspection before the cold season. If the insulation is inadequate or requires attention, your contractor can do so immediately. Re-insulating the roof before winter improves prevents heat loss and lowers your heating bills.
When You Notice Warning Signs
A visual inspection of your roof can reveal warning signs of failure. Use a ladder to access your roof and conduct a simple visual check. Some common problems to look out for include missing or broken shingles, leaking gutters, black streaks on the roof, and visible signs of wear and tear. If you notice any of these signs, call a roofing contractor for a thorough check of the entire structure. This practice is necessary if you forget to schedule an annual roof inspection.
A residential roof requires proper maintenance to maintain optimal performance. Contact your roofing contractor to schedule a professional inspection!