Every homeowner should regularly inspect their roof. You need to be prepared for there to be damage sometimes that your untrained eye cannot see. If you have concerns about your roof but do not notice any obvious signs of damage, schedule a roof inspection. A professional is the best way to make sure your roof is secure.
If you notice that your roof is leaking or you see water damage it is important to find out the cause and extent of the damage right away. In particular, after heavy storms, you want to check for leaks and damage. Even though you are capable of identifying some damage, there might be more subtle causes that you miss such as shingle deterioration, rot, and improper flashing. Additionally, if you are not used to climbing tall ladders, then this is not a job you want to take on. Falls from ladders account for 43% of deaths according to the CDC. You need to consider hiring a professional.
An accredited roofing company will have the knowledge and experience to thoroughly inspect your roof and assess any damage. They will also provide a quick and simple report of what you need to do next, which saves you time and money. There are a number of key factors that will be part of any roofing inspection.
- Obvious signs of damage: Roof inspections look for visible deformations in structure as well as any dirt or debris that may have built up. They look for standing water and damaged gutter systems as these are all in need of immediate attention.
- Exterior components: The chimney, vents, decking and drip edges need to be looked at to make sure there are no missing components or rot. Leaks form easily around chimneys and skylights and if left untreated, they can cause severe damage to the underlying materials. This will end up being a much costlier repair.
- Visit the attic: Without regular maintenance and inspection, the interior of a roofing system can be seriously damaged. Even when you see signs of water damage, the actual cause can be located in an entirely different area. The longer the roof goes without inspection, the more damage you are likely to have, so all interior and exterior parts need to be thoroughly checked.
Getting a Reputable Roofer
It is extremely important that you hire a reputable and experienced roofer. There are ways to avoid roofing companies that may be running scams so you want to take this seriously. Always ask to see the business license up front and do some research on the company. You can check with the Better Business Bureau as well as look up testimonials. Any trustworthy company will be able to show you their license and insurance paperwork without question.
We are fully licensed, bonded and have years of experience and happy customers. You can have any references or testimonials you need and we are listed in many local and national databases as a solid recommendation for your roofing needs.