Regular roof inspections can help spot early signs of problems before they snowball into more serious issues. Ideally, you will have your home’s roof inspected once a year. This should be done during the early spring months before the hot and humid weather settles in or during the late fall before winter. Even if your roof seems to be in great shape, there are many great reasons to have a professional check out your home’s roof each year.

Spot Minor Issues That You Might Miss Yourself

You might not think much of the fact that a few shingles are curling or that there seem to be granules in the gutter. However, these can be signs that shingles are getting older and less capable of protecting your home against water, pests and other types of damage.

A professional will know these are signs of potential issues and create a plan to mitigate the problems. Often, localized shingle problems can be fixed by putting new shingles on. Of course, depending on the age of your roof, a repair job may be a temporary solution to buy time before the entire roof needs to be replaced.

Roof Leaks Aren’t Always Apparent

You might notice that ceilings or walls have stains or streaks on them. You might also notice that water tends to drip into the living room during a period of heavy rain. These are all telltale signs of a leak. Identifying the source of the leak is the priority here.

Water takes the path of least resistance, and in theory, the water in the leak could come from anywhere and just end up near the roof or attic. Additionally, not all signs of roof leaks are obvious, so the apparent absence of water or mold on your ceiling doesn’t necessarily mean your roof is intact. Instead, mold or mildew may be growing in parts of the home that you can’t see or easily access.

Having your roof inspected makes it possible to determine if there are gaps that need to be sealed. Furthermore, if a leak is detected, a professional can determine where it is coming from and take steps to replace roof components that have been damaged.

Keep the Rest of Your Home in Good Condition

Water that gets into your home through the roof can eventually make its way to the foundation. Along the way, it could inundate insulation, wires and drywall with moisture, rendering it a hazard. If water makes it to the foundation, you could be facing serious damage that might make the house unsafe to live in until it is fixed.

Moisture can also foster mold growth throughout the house, decreasing indoor air quality and potentially making your home uninhabitable. You may also notice that moisture makes your home more attractive to pests. Ultimately, keeping tabs on your roof means that you’re less likely to find yourself facing the secondary issues that poor or inconsistent maintenance may cause.

Don’t Risk a Warranty or Insurance Claim Denial

If your roof leaks after a major storm, you might be able to file a homeowner’s insurance claim to have it repaired or replaced. If damage occurs because of a defective product or improper installation, you may be able to file a warranty claim to cover the cost of repairs.

However, skipping routine or emergency roof inspections could rise to the level of homeowner negligence. This may be especially true if the roof is older and you know that there is a greater chance for a leak or other failures to occur.

Even New Roofs Can Fail

Scheduling a roof inspection is important regardless of how old your roof is because it can fail at any time. For example, if shingles were not installed properly, they could blow off months after they were put on your home. Typically, an asphalt shingle roof will last for about 20 years while other roofing materials may last for 40 to 50 years if adequately installed and maintained. Our team may be able to inspect, repair or replace metal or slate roofs in addition to traditional asphalt shingles.

If you need roof inspection services in Winter Park, FL, don’t hesitate to give our team at Roofing & Construction Solutions a call today! We can also help with gutter repairs to ensure that water can flow away from your property instead of back toward it.

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