Roof Inspections - Why They're Important & How They Save You Money
Roof inspections are an important service that can help a homeowner save money. A roof inspector is trained, and experienced, at finding roof problems. Not many people realize how hard it is to detect issues, which cost much more to repair down the road. Even a little hail or wind damage, a tiny hole from a missing nail, or some loose flashing will allow rainwater to seep in. You can't see these issues unless you know where to look, and what to look for.
At The RoofSmith, which serves Palm Beach County and Martin County, our roof inspections often uncover hidden roof damage that the homeowners didn't know about. While the roof may look fine from the ground, or even up close, this is often not the case. A regular roof inspection by The RoofSmith is the only way to find damage that needs to be repaired.
Wind Damaged Roof Shingles
The most common roofing material is asphalt shingles. The wind can lift the shingles up and cause small tears which allow rainwater to seep in. The roofing nails may also loosen or be torn out. This damage isn't easy to recognize unless you know what to look for, but the roof inspection will uncover problems like this. Detecting and repairing wind damage is the key to saving money on extensive water damage repairs later.
A Hail Damaged Roof
Hail damage is another roof problem that isn't always easy to detect. The impact from the hail can cause asphalt shingles to develop tiny hairline cracks. This also allows rainwater to seep under the shingles. It can also knock the flashing loose to where it can't protect the roof structure from water damage. Be sure to have a roof inspection after any suspected wind damage, hail damage, or water damage.
How Often To Schedule Roof Inspections
Roof inspections are not just important for suspected weather damage. They are important to perform regularly because there are many things that can happen to a roof that isn't weather related. It is a thorough process of checking every aspect of the roof structure from top to bottom. This includes the attic, roof ventilation, insulation, flashing, roof projections, decking, trusses, tie-downs, the structural integrity, and everything else. As a whole, your roof structure needs to be strong and stand up to the weather in every way.
Roof inspections are recommended every spring and fall by the National Roofing Contractors Association. It is a very inexpensive process that is done by master roofers who are certified for inspections. When the inspection is done, you receive a fully detailed written report that you can use for insurance claims after weather damage or just for your own information about the condition of the roof. The report will also include an estimate of any repairs that need to be made to get it back in shape.