03 Nov How often should your roof be inspected
There are a bunch of factors to consider when thinking about your roof, and whether you should get it inspected. Generally, your roof is pretty sturdy but there is a lot of things that can go wrong with it. People underestimate how important a roof is to your house, as silly as it sounds. How often do you think about what’s going on with your roof? Some of the factors include what building materials compose the roof and what kind of conditions it has been exposed to in the course of the year. Signs of damage may also require more immediate action. It is recommended that you do a self-check of your roof twice a year. There will be times when you should definitely book a professional inspection.
A roof is more than tiles or shingles
While shingles and tiles are what most people think of when they picture a roof, there are actually many more components that could need repair and require regular inspection. The roof has a structure made up of trusses or rafters that give it support. On top of this is a sheathing material, often made of sheet metal or boards, which cover the rafters and complete the roof’s structure. On top of that is a base layer, on which the shingles or tiles are laid. This layer may be the most difficult for a homeowner to inspect on their own, and it is the part that will degrade the most quickly, often needing repair much more often than the roof coverings themselves. The flashing and gutters can also wear over time and need to be in good shape to keep the roof in its best condition.
Is your roof damaged?
This is the most important time for you to schedule an inspection. Storms can sometimes severely damage a house’s roof. This can represent in leaks in the ceiling, usually noticed in the form of water stains. Other signs include tiles or shingles that may be missing or damaged or perhaps granules of the tile in the gutters and drainage system. If you can access the crawl space in your roof you should look for any signs of daylight coming through. Dry rot, as well as mould and mildew thanks to water seepage, can also pose a major threat to the integrity of the home. Keep an eye out for dark spots or streaks, or for sagging in the roof itself. If you notice any of these things, the roof needs to be professionally inspected immediately to prevent further damage to the home.
Overall we recommend that you check your roof regularly and if you find any problems book an appointment with a qualified roof repair specialist and get them to check it out. A well-maintained roof can easily last 20 plus years, so make sure you look after yours.