When Do I Need a Roof Inspection?

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Why is Roof Inspection Important?

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, providing you with protection against the elements every single day. You likely already know just how important it is to have your roof repaired when your roof has been damaged, but you may be wondering just how important it is to have your roof inspected. This is why every homeowner and business owner needs to remember that roof damage may not always be as obvious as you expect. Damage to your roof can occur in areas that can’t easily be seen from the ground, and minor damage may not be obvious to anyone but a professional. This is why it’s a good idea to schedule a roof inspection on a regular basis. Typically, it’s recommended that you have a roof inspection annually. This will give you the chance to identify any problems and have them repaired before they become far more serious issues. 

How Do You Inspect a Roof?

The short answer to this question is to leave it to the professionals. While you may be tempted to get a ladder and inspect your roof on your own, this can be incredibly dangerous unless you have the proper experience and training to perform a roof inspection. This is why you should always reach out to an honest and reliable professional roofing company. They will be able to perform the inspection and give you an honest account of whether or not anything needs to be done. Keeping that in mind, you can still perform a basic roof inspection from the ground. During this visual inspection, there are a few things you can watch out for that can indicate whether or not you need to reach out to a professional for help. These things include:

  • Algae, moss, or mold: It’s always a good idea to look out for the growth of any organic materials on your roof, as this can indicate a far more serious issue such as water intrusion and water damage. Look out for areas on your roof that are green, gray, or black.
  • Loose or missing shingles: Areas where shingles have become loose or gone missing need to be taken care of immediately, as this can become a major problem in a short amount of time.
  • Curling or buckling shingles: Shingles that are curling at the edges or experiencing other similar issues are another problem that can quickly become a more serious issue, and that generally indicate you may already have a problem with your roof that needs to be taken care of. 
  • Granule loss: If you have a shingle roof, you should always look for an excessive amount of granules in the water that has run off from your roof. This can indicate a large amount of weather and tear to your roof and could be a sign you are in need of a roof replacement. 

Along with keeping an eye out for these issues, it can also be a good idea to check inside your attic for issues and to look out for any areas of moisture or discoloration on the ceiling inside your home. This will ensure that you find any problems such as roof leaks so you can reach out for roof inspection and roof repair if necessary right away. 

When Should I Schedule a Roof Inspection?

As already mentioned, it is always best to schedule a roof inspection on a regular basis. By having an annual roof inspection, you can identify problems and get them taken care of before they become much more difficult – and much more costly – to take care of. However, other occasions may arise that call for a roof inspection. It is always a good idea to have a roof inspection if you have recently been through a major storm. Hail and high winds can both lead to a large amount of damage such as bruising, missing shingles, or fractures to your roofing material. 

Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of having your roof inspection done by a reliable roofing company. It is an unfortunate reality that there are a number of so-called “storm chasers” with predatory practices. These roofing companies target homeowners who have been through storms and perform roof inspections in hopes of selling unnecessary roof repairs and roof replacements. This is why it is always best to ensure you are receiving your roof inspection from an established roofing company with honest and reliable practices. 

How Should I Choose a Roofing Company to Inspect My Roof?

If you are currently searching for a roofing company to help with your roof inspection, there are several factors to keep in mind. One of the first things to remember is that you should be reaching out to a roofing company – they should not be targeting you. If a roofer comes to your door and tells you that they have identified a roofing problem that needs to be taken care of, it can still be a good idea to schedule a roof inspection to see if their claims are legitimate. However, schedule your roof inspection with a roofing contractor that has plenty of experience and one that has plenty of reviews from happy customers. This will ensure you are getting your roof inspection from a company that you can trust to be honest and reliable in the work that they do. 

Another thing to bear in mind is that a reliable roofing company will not ask you for a large amount of money upfront to complete their work. If a roofer performs an inspection, immediately identifies a problem, and attempts to secure a large payment to begin their work, pause for a moment. Get help from someone that you can trust. 

If you are in the area and have found yourself in need of a roof inspection, INNOVATIVE ROOFING can be there to provide you with a roof inspection and any roof repairs or roof replacement services that you may require. We pride ourselves on reliable roofing services and we are ready to work with you to ensure your roof is in the best shape possible.