It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is as true for your home’s roof as it is for anything. Because of the way roofs are constantly exposed to extremes of weather and the environment, if you leave off on repairing your roof until the last minute, you could end up spending more on a problem that’s grown bigger since it first started. The best way to keep your roof in good shape, and even extend its lifetime, is to take care of problems as soon as you can and, if possible, before they grow into bigger problems.
To address potential and current roof problems before they can worsen, you need to be aware of what’s happening to your roof, and that involves regular roof inspections. Experts agree that your roof should be inspected professionally at least twice a year: once in spring, to assess the state of the roof after the rigors of winter, and once more in the fall, to make sure your roof is ready for the coming winter.
That’s assuming nothing else goes wrong. In addition to regular professional inspections, you should also have your roof inspected after any event that could cause damage to it. Generally, this means that you should have your roof checked whenever a storm hits. Nature’s little tantrums don’t operate on a schedule, after all, and waiting until your next regular inspection to check for storm damage could end up costing you.
The importance of a professional inspection
It can’t be stressed enough that any actual roof inspections should be carried out by a trained roofing professional. Aside from potential safety issues that may be involved, the fact is that a professional eye is more likely to spot problems, and correctly identify the extent and nature of the problem, than an untrained one. You might, for example, be able to spot ice forming at the eaves, but would you know to check your attic for proper insulation and ventilation in such a case? Knowing the ins and outs of the business goes a long way in helping you get a realistic and accurate picture of what’s going on with your roof.