How Often Should I Schedule a Roof Inspection?

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Your roof is one of the most vital components of your home, serving to provide protection from weather elements, regulate temperatures within, and add value. Yet many homeowners tend to overlook it until there’s an issue; to protect yourself and avoid costly repairs or replacement costs it is crucial that regular inspections be scheduled – this article discusses when they are necessary and why.

Why Should You Inspect Your Roof?

Before we discuss how often to schedule a roof inspection, let’s establish why one is necessary. Your roof is exposed to harsh environmental elements every day, including rain, wind, hail, and other hazards; over time this exposure can cause it to sustain damage from raindrops, winds, hail storms, or hailstones that lead to leaks, water damage, or mold growth – by scheduling regular inspections you can spot small problems before they escalate and prevent more serious ones from emerging.

Preventative Maintenance

Roof inspections are an integral component of preventative maintenance, enabling professionals to detect minor issues such as cracked or missing shingles and address them before they become more serious issues. Regular roof inspections help extend your roof’s lifespan and save you money in repairs or replacement costs in the long run.

Homeowner’s Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance policies typically mandate regular roof inspections to maintain coverage. Insurance companies want to make sure homeowners are taking proper care with their property and that it remains undamaged; failing to do so could result in denied insurance claims if damage arises.

How Often Should You Schedule a Roof Inspection?

Now that we understand why regular roof inspections are necessary, let’s discuss when to schedule them. Your inspection frequency depends on various factors including age of your roof, climate conditions and type of roofing material used.

New Roof

Once your new roof has been installed, its first inspection should usually occur within two years. Though less likely to experience significant problems during this period, professional inspection is still recommended to make sure everything remains in good condition.

Older Roofs

To maintain an optimal roofing experience for older roofs, it is recommended that they receive biannual inspections – in the spring and fall – by scheduling inspections every six months. As your roof ages it becomes more susceptible to damage; regular checks can detect issues early and prevent further problems from developing. Most roofing contractors (including Certified) offer free inspections. Why not take advantage?

Climate Considerations

Climate is another consideration when scheduling roof inspections. Inclement weather such as heavy rain or snow may accelerate wear-and-tear damages on your roof and should prompt more frequent examinations of it.

Heavy Rain

If you live in an area prone to heavy rainfall or thunderstorms, regular roof inspections could be in order. Rain can damage roofs quickly; by having regular inspections performed, inspections can detect issues before they turn into more serious problems.

Hail, Wind, Thunderstorms and Hurricanes

It goes without saying that extreme storms, especially in the form of ice balls like hail, or 40+ mph winds, require an inspection shortly after the event. Although you have 12 months in most states to file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance, the sooner the better. Damage can occur during the storm, but you may not see an immediate issue with your roof… until the NEXT heavy rain comes through.

Snow and Ice

This is a rare occurrence in our five local branch areas, but if you live in an area prone to heavy snowfall, inspections before and after winter should be scheduled in order to identify any damage or leakage on your roof caused by accumulations of snow or ice that have settled onto it and ensure your roof is in excellent condition before another season of colder temperatures arrives.

Types of Roof Materials

How often you need to have inspections depends quite a bit on the material of your roof.

Asphalt Shingles

The asphalt shingle roof should be inspected annually with additional checks required after severe weather events occur.

Tile or Slate Roofs

Although tile and slate roofs tend to outlive other forms of roofing materials, regular inspections – at least every two years – should still be scheduled so as to identify any potential issues early.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs require minimal upkeep and can last for 50 years or more with regular inspections at least every three years to monitor for damage or wear and tear. To maximize lifespan and maintain peak condition for maximum longevity, it is still advisable to schedule regular checks for damage or wear and tear as soon as possible.

Signs Your Home May Require Roof Inspection Services

As well as scheduling regular inspections, there may be signs that it would be wiser to arrange one sooner.

Visible Damage

If you detect visible damage on your roof, such as missing or cracked shingles, it’s imperative that an inspection be scheduled as soon as possible as this could signal more serious problems with it. Visible damages could indicate more substantial problems requiring attention than initially apparent.

Water Stains

Spotting any signs of leakage on your ceiling or walls should prompt an immediate roof inspection to identify and address its source. Either an active, dripping leak or a stained ceiling, indicating a leak has occurred are both immediate concerns. A professional roof inspection will resolve this type of issue quickly and comfortably.

Age of Your Roof

Age is also an important factor when deciding when and why it is necessary to schedule a roof inspection. If your roof is approaching or over 10 years old, an inspection is important in identifying any issues and ensure its sound condition, and to prevent further damage if your roof is already having issues.

Final Thoughts

Roof inspections are essential in maintaining the integrity of your roof and avoiding costly repairs or replacements, such as missing shingles and water stains. Your frequency of inspections depends on multiple factors including age, climate and type of material – therefore it’s wise to schedule regular check-ups and pay close attention for signs of damage like these if any occur – taking good care in inspecting will help your roof protect both you and your home for years to come!

Contact Certified Quality Roofing for all of your roofing needs and to schedule a roof inspection with one of our experienced Roofing Consultants.

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