Even though it isn’t something that’s constantly on our minds, a roof inspection is vital. Our roofs protect our homes from the elements. Therefore, it’s crucial that they are in good shape. Out of sight, out of mind might cost us dearly when it comes to our homes, so it’s essential to check our roofs from time to time. But how often should we inspect our roof?
Typically, we should inspect our roofs twice a year. It’s best to do this in mild weather conditions. Therefore, we’d suggest securing a ladder and getting up on your roof once in spring and once in the fall.
Both check-ups are important. In the spring, we have to check if the heavy snowfall and rainfall damaged our shingles and tiles. However, it’s also important that we inspect the entire structure of the roof.
That means testing trusses or rafters that support the whole roof structure. You should also check the base layer that shingles are laid on, to see if anything got shifted or cracked.
In the fall, a regular checkup can uncover if harsh sun cracked any shingles. Also, heavy summer showers can lead to loose shingles, so a fall check-up is also a must.
When doing a regular roof inspection, check for:
Broken or loose shingles
Cracking of the shingles
Damaged chimney cap
Rust on the gutters
Cracking in the drains
Cracked or curling caulk or sealant
A regular roof inspection can help us contain potential problems. One loose shingle is easy enough to solve on our own. However, if left unattended, even a small problem can lead to a disaster. What’s more, minor issues can’t be anticipated, which is why we advise you to get up on your roof twice a year.
However, there are more instances where you should do the same. For example, if you live in an area where hailstorms are a regular occurrence, you should check your roof after each one. Hale can damage both the shingles and tiles and the structure of the roof, depending on the strength and the size of the storm.
If you have a fear of heights or you simply don’t think you’re enough of an expert to determine if the state of your roof is satisfactory or not – call a professional.