Inspecting your roof on a regular basis can save you a lot of money in the future by preventing costly repairs or full restorations. This is especially important after clearing a heavy snowfall or enduring lengthy periods of wet weather. Additionally, maintaining your roof and keeping it in good condition will add value to your home if you decide to list it on the market. According to the NRCA or the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should have your roof professionally inspected twice annually with fall and spring being the optimum times to do this.
Roof Repair vs. Roof Restoration
Roof repairs are the more cost-effective and quickest solution for addressing roof leaks. In most cases, we have found that leaky roofs are attributed to flashing issues and problems. This is evidenced by changes in direction in certain areas such as around exhaust ventilation and roof-mounted A/C units or skylights and walls. These are the more common areas of the roof to inspect in fall and spring.
Roof restoration, on the other hand, involves a lengthier process, is a major repair endeavor, and is consequently more expensive than roof repairs. However, refurbishing your entire roof can dramatically increase its lifespan. We can come out to your business or home to identify any deficiencies or inconsistencies that may exist in order to determine whether or not a total roof restoration is necessary.
What to Look For
Though our roofers are always available for assessment and evaluation of your roofing requirements, if you want to do it frequently, it is good to know more about it. When you’re inspecting your roof, you have to know what to look for. Here are a few warning signs to look for:
External/exterior of the roof – look for bald, cracked, missing, or torn shingles; blistering, buckling, or curling; excess amounts of roofing granules (large grains of sand in appearance) in the gutters; flashing damage; loose materials or signs of wear around chimneys, pipes, and vents; and signs of algae growth, moisture, mold , or rot.
Internal/attic area – look for dark spots, light coming through from outside, roof deck sagging, and signs of leaks or water damage. If there are signs of mold on the inside, it is a clear indication of water seepage and this can lead to major roofing problems, if ignored.
If you notice any of these signs after thoroughly inspecting your roof, don’t put off calling us and scheduling an inspection appointment. Now is the time to catch minor problems before they become major financial issues. We know that roofing repairs are expensive and that is why working with us is affordable. We work with plenty of insurance companies and can do the complete documentation so that your claim is settled quickly. From taking photographs, filling the paperwork and filing for the claim, we work with you at every step.