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When Should I Have My Roof Inspected?

Small problems with your roof can end up turning into huge issues. Prevention is always going to be the best action and getting a regular inspection of your roof can be critical. There are also events that can occur which require you to find out if there has been any damage.

Snow and ice

When it comes to roofing threats, snow and ice are right up there as the highest risk. Ice can cause the roof tiles and shingles to crack and the snow can add an immense amount of weight to the structure that you have.

It’s important to know what condition your roof is in before there is going to be heavy snowfall. If there are any weaknesses then they could be made a lot worse. Equally, if you think damage might have been done after a snowstorm, an inspection may be required to see if repairs need to be made.

If there has been a heavy snowfall then you need to take preventative measures. Clearing buildup will ease the pressure on your roof. If you are uneasy about clearing your roof, ask a contractor who will be able to ease the weight burden on your home.

Before and after a storm

It’s not just snow where Mother Nature can cause roofing issues. High winds are another area where a roof will struggle to cope. Most roofs will be fine in difficult conditions but when there is a big storm or even a hurricane, it faces a much bigger task.

An inspection beforehand would be wise as high winds will pick up on any weak areas. If there are loose shingles, for example, then there is much likely to cause damage. This being disrupted from the winds can open up a gap which can be further taken advantage of by the storm.

This also can mean water damage to the inside of your property. Getting your roof fixed before a high wind event will make it much less likely that such a problem would occur. There is a temptation to leave such an issue until afterward but this can make the situation a lot worse.

As we said there, in standard storms a roof will be able to cope if it’s in good condition. A basic inspection should be done but this should be intensified if you feel any damage could have potentially occurred.

Potential damage

It’s not just weather that can cause damage. There are also going to be other events such as a tree branch striking the roof, mold, house fires and rot that can all play their part. If you feel as though any of these factors may have compromised the roof then it’s time to take action.

These aren’t the only factors involved as there could be countless different factors that can cause roof damage. It’s never a good idea to leave it to chance as a small water leak, for example, could end up being a much bigger problem.

Before you sell

When it comes to selling a home, sellers want to make sure that it’s in great condition. Roof problems can prevent a sale and give you a headache further down the line. It’s best to solve any issues as soon as possible.

Obtaining a roof inspection could help to solve any little issues that could otherwise decrease the value of your house. It could also be a factor that you know you have roof problems and want to see how much it will costs before you go ahead with any work.

Annually

Your roof shouldn’t be left uninspected for years. You regularly check all other areas of the house but the roof can be left alone as it’s much harder to see a problem. You should always be aware of any potential problems.

Getting a professional inspection annually will be able to help identify any issues immediately. This would not only end up sending you thousands in repairs but it would also prevent a potential disaster from occurring.

Getting your roof inspected may seem like a bit of a hassle but you’ll be thankful for it. At the minimum, it will give you peace of mind but it could also stop a potentially big problem in its tracks. It’s better to be safe than sorry and regular roof inspections are vital for a wide range of different reasons.