Your roof won’t last forever. A roof replacement will eventually become inevitable, but there are things you can do to help extend the lifespan of your roof.
As a homeowner, you should perform routine maintenance on your roof. Part of that routine maintenance will involve regular inspections and tune-ups. But if you think routine inspections sound like an added project with no value, the truth is they bring many benefits to your roof and can save you a great deal of money in expensive replacements down the road.
Why Do I Need a Roof Inspection and Tune-Up?
If you wonder about the value of a roof inspection, the simple answer is that roof inspections help extend the life of your roof. Having a professional catch small issues before they become major problems allows you to make repairs that keep your roof in good shape and keep you from needing a full replacement.
The older your roof gets, the more necessary roof inspections and tune-ups will be, although they are important throughout the entire lifespan of the roof. Check out our roof care tips to help extend the life of your roof.
Reasons you might need a new roof and should get an inspection include:
• Age of the roof (The older it gets, the more likely it is that it will need to be replaced.)
• Missing, loose, cracked, or curled shingles
• Shingles are missing granules
• The formation of ice dams
• Interior water stains or leaks
• Moss or algae growth
• Rusted or corroded flashing
• Noticeable sagging along the ridgeline
• Sagging between rafters
The Three Main Times to Get My Roof Inspected
Roof inspections are integral to the life of your roof. It is better to catch problems before they become too large to repair. You can seek the help of a professional, or inspect your roof with binoculars from the ground or by climbing onto its surface. Make sure to utilize proper safety equipment, and only climb onto your roof on a clear, sunny day.
There are three times each year that you should inspect your roof in order to help extend its lifespan.
1. Start of Spring
Winter turning into spring is the perfect time to inspect your roof for any damage it may have experienced through the harsher winter months. You can prepare your roof for the year ahead and the spring showers.
During a spring inspection, remove all built-up debris from your rooftop and clean out your gutters to get your roof ready for the upcoming season.
2. End of Fall
Before winter sets in, you’ll want to have a thorough inspection of your roof performed so you can catch any areas of concern before the winter weather arrives. This is also the perfect time to clear out gutters and remove any fallen leaves from your rooftop for a second time.
Consider testing your gutters by running a hose through them and checking for leaks.
3. After a Major Storm
Your roof and siding’s main purpose is the protection of your home, which means your roof has the ability to handle a certain level of weather such as rain and mild winds. But major storms can cause damage, leaving your home unprotected. You should have your roof looked at, whether by yourself or by a professional, after a major storm hits.
Look specifically for dents in shingles after a hail storm, and after harsh wind, assess the shingles for any loosened areas. Consider installing GAF lifetime roofing shingles, which provide great warranties, starter strips that help prevent wind damage, and can come in impact resistant shingles which stand up better against hail.
What Do a Tune-Up and Inspection Look Like?
During the inspection process, a roofing contractor should inspect your roof from the interior and exterior. A roofer can inspect your roof through binoculars, by climbing directly onto the roof, or the use of drones.
Our American Home Contractors team utilizes drones during the inspection to take pictures of areas needing repair. We are a Master Elite Contractor, so we specialize in knowing what issues to watch out for and how to solve your roofing problems.
A typical roof inspection and tune-up will include:
• Through assessment of the exterior shingles, flashing, vents, etc.
• Resealing pipe collars, fans, vents, and chimney flashing
• Securing loosened shingles
• Attic inspection for interior leaks, ventilation problems, or insulation issues
• Assessment of rafters for cracks, rot, or other issues
• Interior assessment for noticeable sagging
• Summary report of all findings and recommendations
Protect Your Roof, Protect Your Home
If you have noticed any issues with your roof, our team is ready to help. We can answer any questions you may have and provide you with a thorough tune-up and inspection. As Master Elite Contractors, our team can make the repairs we recommend with ease and make your roof like new.
If your roof is to the point of needing a roofing replacement, we can install a GAF lifetime roof, which will add many benefits to your home.
Request a quote on your roofing needs to see how our team can transform your roof.