The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting all roofs twice a year: once after the coldest weather, once after the hottest weather. It’s also a good idea to inspect the roof following any major weather event. But you might be wondering… why should I have my roof inspected?
Here are 3 reasons to have your roof inspected:
1 Routine maintenance and damage
If your roof is not protected properly, damage can occur from tradespeople performing maintenance on air conditioners and other systems. This sometimes occurs because of trades failing to close mechanical access panels on roofs or leaving refrigerant containers.
In addition, maintenance trades often fail to clean up their debris. Items left on your roof can become flying objects in high winds. A regular inspection program incorporates roof cleaning into the ongoing maintenance cycle.
2 Heavy weather damage
Roofs should be inspected immediately following weather events to prevent further damage due to water infiltration. Damage from winds or hail can be slight and require little more than minor maintenance, or the problems can be major and require roof replacement.
Insurance loss adjusters have reported that a significant amount of storm damage is actually caused by material, components, or debris blown from roofs in high winds. Tree limbs and branches can fall on roofs creating significant damage. Roof blow-offs start at the perimeter, and when roofs are not properly designed or installed to provide proper perimeter securement, severe damage can occur. Weather damage may require emergency repairs costing even more money.
3 Your roof is getting old
The benchmark life for most roofs is 6-12 years. All roofs undergo normal weathering and aging, and the effects of those factors are usually visible. As roofs weather and age normally, openings may occur, leading to water infiltration. Regular inspections call attention to weathered areas and enable an owner to schedule maintenance on these deficiencies to prevent further damage.
As with most things, simple precautions can lower the risk of damage and save you a lot of money on repairs down the road. It’s important to be sure your home is protected. Whether it’s a free inspection, or an after hours emergency… HammerHead Roof is here to help you.