Whether it’s keeping you dry on a rainy day or warm and cozy on a cold winter night, your roof is a vital part of your home. To help make sure it’s protecting you and your family from the elements, regular maintenance and inspections are key. Here are some inspection tips to keep in mind when thinking about your roof.
Why Do It?
Regular roof inspections can help identify issues prior to them becoming potentially major problems. It may be easier to fix these smaller issues now, which may save you time and money in the long run.
Typically, your roof should be inspected at least once a year, according to Zillow. However, you should check your roof after any extreme weather event, like hail, snow or wind, and look for any interior leaks, says Zillow. Because all roofs are different, it’s important to consult a professional to know what to inspect and how often.
What Should Be Inspected?
Keep in mind, you should always hire a professional to inspect and maintain your roof. It’s extremely dangerous to work on your roof without the proper training. It may also be a good idea to confirm the professional has the proper insurance coverage for themselves, too.
Once you find a professional to perform these inspections, make sure they do these tasks suggested by BobVila.com:
Check the flashings. Flashings are the metal pieces that cover curves and edges of your roof, and water can easily leak in and around them if they are damaged.
Look in the gutters. If your roof is composed of asphalt shingles, a professional should look in the gutters for pieces or grains of the shingles. This can be a sign that your shingles may need to be replaced.
Inspect dry rot. If your roof has wooden or shake shingles, a professional may examine it for warping or dry rot that may indicate the shingle needs to be replaced.
It’s important to make sure your roof is in good shape. Regular inspections may help you and your family stay safe and protected.
(This article highlights examples of precautions you can consider to help maintain your personal property. Please recognize that a particular precaution may not be appropriate or effective in every circumstance and that taking preventive measures cannot guarantee any outcome. We encourage you to use your own good judgment about what’s appropriate and always consider safety.)