Regular roof inspections complement the scheduled maintenance conducted by your roofing contractor. In addition to helping keep your roof in its best shape, roof inspections can also help you save money.
Why You Should Conduct Roofing Inspections
Residential roofs require professionally-conducted maintenance every three to five years depending on factors like roofing type. These appointments are typically booked as-needed – which means it’s up to the homeowner to make sure it’s done on time – or ahead of time through a maintenance agreement. The latter is ideal because all future appointments are pre-booked, but not all roofers offer this.
Roof inspections are essential because anything can happen between maintenance appointments. High winds could damage the roof edge and cause leaks. Hailstorms can cause dents on the roofing surface. The sooner you find these problems and schedule roof repair, the repair costs can potentially be lower as opposed to waiting until the next scheduled maintenance.
Inspecting Your Roof
Performing your own roof inspection is easy and safe. The objective is to get a closer look at every nook and cranny of your roof, including the attic, and document issues that include loose or missing components. A pair of binoculars, pen and paper, and good, clear weather are all you need to thoroughly inspect your roof from the ground. You can also take the high-tech route and use a camera mounted to a remote-controlled drone. You can forward the video to your roofing contractor for review.
How Can Roof Inspections Result in Savings?
On roofing systems, wear is inevitable. You will, at some point, have to spend money for its upkeep. Waiting for problems like leaks before you call your roofing contractor will actually cost you more. Leaks occur when a roof is extensively damaged, which means repairs will cost more.
Comparatively, a preventive approach to roofing care – that is, scheduled maintenance and regular inspections – help prevent damage that prompt high repair costs. Lastly, a well-maintained roof may make you qualified for discounts on your homeowners’ insurance premiums and may even hold off inevitable replacement by a few years.