April 20, 2023 in Roofing
The view from the sidewalk may show missing shingles, it’s not a great indicator of several other types of roof damage. That’s why it’s advisable to have an inspection performed by a professional.
The Importance of Roof Inspections
Little problems become big nightmares if they’re ignored. However, when all your roof’s tiny cracks are repaired quickly, you’ll sleep soundly.
You’ll always want to have a professional roofer perform inspections rather than doing that yourself. They’re trained and know what to look for. Also, they know what safety precautions to take to avoid falling or other injuries.
Spring—The Best Time for Roof Inspections
Spring is one of the best times of the year for getting your roof repaired. The weather is generally nice, the sun is out, and it’s easier to see missing shingles. In the sunlight dings and dents on your roof are more noticeable. Also the warmer—but not brutally hot—weather makes it easier for professional roofers to conduct inspections and make repairs.
Roofing Issues That Can Arise During Winter
Spring’s when you may notice all the damage winter has caused. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and cold wind are all hard on a roof’s structure. If the damages they create aren’t repaired, they may cause leaking and rotting. If that happens, repairs will already be quite costly.
Preparing for Summer
Summer is hot and sticky and its thunderstorms are frequent. It’s not the time you want to have a leaky roof. Spring is the time to prepare for summer’s arrival. Take the following steps to prepare:
- Make sure to clear your gutters to avoid clogging during storms.
- Have your roof inspected and replace damaged shingles.
- Trim hanging branches so they don’t fall onto the roof.
- Ensure attic ventilation to keep it as cool as possible. This will help keep the rest of your house cool, as well.
What Happens During a Roof Inspection
A roof inspection can last up to four hours. It will uncover any damages needing attention. The process involves examining every inch of your roof. The professional checks the structural support and examine exterior walls, skylights, and chimneys.
Signs You Need a Roof Inspection
If you think you might need a roof inspection, you probably do. Some clear signs you shouldn’t wait are missing or cracked shingles or tiles, and water stains on your ceiling or walls. A roof that’s sagging or showing other recent changes can also signal it’s time for a checkup.
In addition to visible signs of damage, you’ll want to consider its age. The older the roof is, the more likely it is to need to be checked for damages. If you’ve had any bad storms or severe weather events, an inspection is a precaution you should consider.
DIY Roof Inspection Tips
From inside your home, check your attic and walls for signs of water damage and mold.
If you have binoculars you can stay on the ground and check for moss and algae. If you see those, it likely means you have water and mold gathering.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional Roof Inspector
To stay safe, It’s usually best to let a reputable professional climb up on your roof. Ask friends for recommendations and check online reviews. You can also interview potential inspectors. You’ll want to ask if they are properly licensed and certified. You’ll also want to find out if all of their employees are properly trained.
Average Cost of a Roof Inspection
Depending on things like location, property size, and inspection duration, the price can vary greatly. In general, it may range anywhere from approximately $100 to $ 325. However, if newer infrared technology is used, it may set you back up to $600. That investment is worth it, because the sooner a problem’s spotted and fixed, the less expensive it will be. If you sell your home, having a recent roof inspection report will likely be helpful.
Roof Repair vs Replacement
There are many different factors you’ll need to consider when you decide to either repair or replace your roof, including:
- A cost comparison between the two options
- The signs indicating it’s time for a replacement, such as pooled water in the attic, the age of the roof, and inspection report results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should you get a roof inspection?
In order to ensure proper roof maintenance, most homeowners should have inspections twice a year, according to The National Roofing Contractors Association.
What happens if you don’t get a roof inspection?
Failing to get a roof inspection can lead to small problems growing larger, and delayed roof repairs could cost more.
Schedule a Spring Roof Inspection
Having your roof inspected protects your home from leaks and water damage. It also gives you the chance to repair any problems before they become extremely expensive. With the warmer weather and winter in the rearview, spring’s the perfect time for a professional inspection.
At PJ’s Roofing, we’re here for all your roofline needs. Contact us today to set up an inspection.