Many people, especially those with relatively new roofs, don't appreciate the need or significance of roof inspections. A roof inspection can help you identify emerging roof issues, protect your warranty or even enjoy reasonable home insurance rates. Everyone needs roof inspection, but you need a roof inspection even more urgently if you experience any of the following.
You Have Just Experienced a Terrible Storm
Weather-related issues are some of the biggest caused of accidental roof damages, which means you should not fail to inspect your roof after a freak storm. Hailstones, falling trees, and even wind can all damage your roof in various ways. Just because you can't see the damage from the ground or from inside the house doesn't mean that it isn't there. The inspection is particularly necessary if other roofs in your neighborhood have been affected by the storm.
Your Roof Hasn't Been Inspected For a Long Time
Regular roof inspections are necessary to spot teething problems and to budget for upcoming roof repairs. Many roofing contractors will advise you to have your roof professionally inspected at every few years; the exact duration depends on the type of roof. For example, asphalt shingle roofs should be inspected at least once every three years. Therefore, you need to have your roof inspected if you have not been following the recommended duration.
You Want To Sell Your Home
A roof inspection may also be advisable if you want to sell your home. This will help you understand the true condition of the roof so that you can determine a good price for the home and also negotiate better with your potential buyers. Without your own inspection report, you may find it difficult to know whether your buyers' claims (about the condition of the roof) are right or wrong.
You Want To Buy an Old Home
Property inspection is an integral part of the home buying process. However, the general inspection may not be suitable for all properties; there are cases where a specialized inspection is called for. For example, if you suspect roof damage or if you are buying an old home, you need a roofing professional to inspect the roof and tell you its true condition.
You Suspect Roof Damage
Lastly, you should also commission a professional inspection anytime you suspect roof damage. For example, if you suspect roof damage because of discolorations on the roof, asphalt granules in the gutters or deteriorating energy efficiency, you need a professional diagnosis of the situation.
For more information, contact a company like Columbia Roofing Inc.