I bet you look at your roof almost every day. You might notice if a tree has fallen on it, if there is obvious damage, or if there is a strange object perched up there.
But did you know that not all roof damage can be seen from the ground. In fact, for the majority of homeowners, spotting the type of roof damage that needs repair is a bit like trying to fix your own car.
And yet, the one thing that homeowners could do to avoid larger repairs – and more damage later – they seldom do. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) less than five percent of homeowners have their roof inspected on a regular basis.
What is a regular basis you ask? The National Association of Home Builders, states that a homeowner should have a roof inspection every three years. That is, unless you live in a storm prone area, in which case you should have your roof inspected every year, and after every major storm.
“A qualified roofing contractor will begin by examining the overall soundness of your roof, paying special attention to any areas that look suspect – such as torn shingles, hail damage, or moisture buildup.”
So what is included in an inspection? A qualified roofing contractor will begin by examining the overall soundness of your roof, paying special attention to any areas that look suspect – such as torn shingles, hail damage, or moisture buildup. Next, he will examine anything that penetrates your roof, such as chimneys, skylights, and ventilation piping. While on your roof he will also check your roof’s drainage system to make sure all gutters, downspouts, and drainspouts are clear and draining well. Lastly, a complete inspection may also include your attic and interior walls – particularly if any leaks are found.
So you are probably wondering just how much a roof inspection costs and if your insurance will cover it. While insurance companies do not usually cover inspections, many roofing companies do offer free inspections, especially those who specialize in hail damage.
But even if you don’t live in an area where hail is an issue, having your roof inspected on a regular basis is the one – your heard that right – the one most important thing you can do to keep your roof in good condition, and free from costly repairs down the road.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, weatherization, and exceptional customer service. ASAP has offices in Denver, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Indianapolis, and offers free roof inspections.