How Often Do You Need a Roof Inspection?

How Often Do You Need a Roof Inspection?

Are you due for a roof inspection? If it has been a while since you last called roofing professionals to inspect your roof, it may be time to call now to help avoid repairs or even a full roof replacement.

The GAF Master Elite roofers at High Point Roofing provide their expert advice on how often home owners and landlords should call professionals for roof inspections.

How Often Should You Call Professionals for Roof Inspections?

Homeowners should get their roof inspected at least two times each year, including self-checks. But certain conditions, like weather, roofing materials, and underlying issues, may cause you to need their services more often.

Ø  Damaged Roof

If you have a damaged roof, such as a water leak, you need to contact a professional for a roof inspection immediately. If your area has experienced a severe storm, check for water stains, missing or damaged shingles and tiles, and/or granules in the drainage system and gutters. Visit your attic or crawl space to see if you spot sunlight streaming in.

Additionally, inspect the area for dry rot, mold, and mildew growth due to water seepage. Water seepage can weaken the integrity of your home. Be on the lookout for dark streaks, spots, or sagging parts of the roof.

How often should you call a professional?You need to contact a professional right after a storm and immediately if you see any of these issues. 

Ø  Roofing Materials

Roofs can be made of different types of materials that react differently to weather and decay at different times. The type of materials your roof is made up of determines the number of times you should contact a professional to inspect your roof. Two of the most common materials you will find used on roofs include composite or asphalt shingles and wooden or shake shingles.

For asphalt or composite roof, in addition to self-inspections, call a professional for an inspection every three years. On the other hand, if you have a wood or shake roof, call a professional for inspection after every five years, as they have a longer lifespan than others.

Ø  Several Components of the Roof Require Inspection

The structure of your roof is more than just tiles and shingles and is more complex than the eye can see. Your roof also consists of boards and sheet metal. These cover the rafters and complete the structure of the roof. Above them is an underlayment or base layer. This is where contractors place the tiles and shingles. Homeowners cannot inspect this layer on their own and need to a professional to inspect it.

Since the underlayment degrades at a faster rate than other components of the roof, you will need to get it inspected. Over time, the flashing and gutters can also degrade over time, hence needing repairs later.

If you are concerned about the condition of your home’s roof, call the professionals at High Point Roofing. They offer free estimates and financing to make your next project work within your budget. The experts at High Point Roofing serve the South Jersey region and repair not only roofs but gutters as well.  They can also be reached by calling 856.347.4700.

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