From the coldest winter snow to the summer heat, your roof protects your home through it all. That's why prioritizing regular roof maintenance before trouble strikes is one of the smartest things you can do as a homeowner.
The key to roof maintenance is staying on top of potential problems with regular roof inspections. At J&J Roofing, our residential roofing contractors offer a complete range of roofing services, including inspections. This post covers everything you need to know about conducting a roof inspection, including how often it should be done.
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The Importance of Roof Inspections
The most important thing to know about roof damage is that most serious problems are cumulative, gradually worsening over time. Therefore, experts recommend adding roof inspections to your annual household maintenance list, along with gutter cleaning and power-washing your siding.
If your home is much older, you might consider scheduling a second roof inspection each year until you're ready to invest in roof replacement services. Because your roof, like other home exterior components, can be affected by temperature changes, it's a good idea to schedule your inspections ahead of the summer or fall.
Post-Storm Roof Inspections
In addition to regular roof inspections, you should also schedule an inspection after a major storm if your neighbors have visible damage or you suspect damage to your home. Hail, heavy rains, ice, and high winds can all wreak havoc on your roof.
Getting a good inspection right away is essential if you're going to file an insurance claim. Your roofer can identify early signs of damage as well as more serious issues to prevent significant problems down the road.
DIY or Hire a Contractor?
Although a roof inspection might seem easy enough, an experienced roofing contractor will know exactly what to look for to identify early signs of roof damage.
These are a few of the details they'll look at where it might be harder for a homeowner to identify problems.
Flashing is often used at the base of your chimneys and around plumbing vents. Your roofing professional will inspect it for signs of damage, including holes in flashing, bent flashing, and cracked flashing.
This process will help your roofing pro ensure that your flashing is tightly fastened. Once your flashing is secure, you have reduced the possibility of water entering your home.
Your attic is among the first things your roofing contractor inspects when they arrive at your house. To allow your attic to have some air, they check to see that it is adequately vented from above.
Your roof will experience issues if your attic is improperly aired. In addition, your roof's lifespan will be significantly shortened by the trapped cold and hot air if your attic is faulty and allowed to function without professional attention.
Your shingle is another critical area your roofing pro should check if your roof inspection must be complete. Your roof wouldn't get its full lifespan if your shingles were not fitted properly.
When inspecting your roof, they'll look for nails that have been pushed in the wrong direction, leaving little bumps or nails that have hit cracks and backed out. Additionally, they'll check for missing, loose, cracked, scorching, or buckling shingles.
You can't have a complete roof inspection without checking your gutters. So your roofing experts should properly look at your gutters to spot possible damage. In addition, they should check to know if the gutters are still tight and aligned to their original position.
They also need to check if the gutter is blocked with debris. If you have a blocked gutter, you may witness water splashing on your walls and pools forming close to the foundation of your wall.
Schedule a Macomb County Roof Inspection
Don't wait until your ceiling leaks to schedule a professional roof inspection. At J&J Roofing, our residential roofers are certified CertainTeed ShingleMasters with an eye for detail. We can also install seamless gutters and gutter guards to completely protect your roof.
To schedule your inspection, give us a call at 586-445-6455, schedule your online consultation, or contact us on the web to connect with a roofer today.