Everything you need to know about roof inspections for your Ft. Myers home.
Some roofing issues are obvious. For instance, you may be able to notice missing shingles or dark discolored spots on the roof. But there may be less obvious problems lurking beneath the surface. For that, you should hire a roof inspector to make sure that your roof is in working order and that nothing needs to be repaired or replaced. But what goes into a roof inspection? Let's discuss everything you might need to know in today's blog post about the basics of roofing inspection.
What Does a Roof Inspection Entail?
The goal of a roof inspection is to make sure that your roof is in working order and hasn't been worn down by the elements since you last worked on it. A roofing inspector will check for leaks and wear and tear caused by debris or heavy winds. They'll also look for mold, moss, or algae growths on your roof. If there are any curled, cracked, or missing shingles, they'll make a note of that. They'll also check the structural integrity of the roof. Are there any weak spots caused by rot, or sagging areas of the roof? How is the flashing or chimney grout? Finally, they'll check inside your home, at the attic ceiling, to make sure there are no cracks that could indicate leaks.
If your roof is in good working order, you'll get a clean bill of health much like you would in going to the doctor for a checkup. If anything needs to be repaired or replaced, your inspector can discuss with you the next steps you need to take.
Should You Attempt Your Own Roof Inspection?
Some homeowners attempt their own roof inspections to save money. If your roof is new and seems to be in good shape, a quick inspection from the ground may be all you need. You can check for any damaged shingles, sagging, or discoloration yourself. You can also check the attic for any leaks. Most experts don't advise homeowners to climb onto their roofs themselves. If your roof is older, however, and has had problems in the past, you might need something more complex. In that case, it helps to have the expertise of a roofing professional, as well as the security of their certifications and insurance.
How Often, and When, Should You Schedule a Roof Inspection?
So you know what to expect and know whether or not you should hire a professional. The next question is when — and more importantly how often — you should schedule a roof inspection. Catching roofing issues early can help to save money in the long run, so it's good to keep up your roof maintenance regularly. It's a good idea to do a quick self-check at least twice a year, preferably in spring and fall. These are milder seasons, but also more prone to storms. It's a good idea to make sure your roof is in good shape before the harsh heat and sunlight of summer or before winter storms.
Professional roof inspections don't need to be quite so frequent. That's something you want to play by ear. You could have a professional inspection every few years, or you could schedule an inspection after noticing something off during a self-check. Notice a change in your home and think your roof might have something to do it? Schedule a roof inspection.
Is it time for you to schedule a roof inspection? Contact Montgomery Wilson today for more information.