One of the best things about the roof on your home is that you see it each day. This makes it pretty easy to find any areas that appear damaged or abnormal. However, without actually getting on the surface of the roof, you may still miss a few problems or potential problems that are present. This is why it is such a good idea to invest in regular roof inspections.
Weather and Weathering
An average roof can last between 15 and 30 years. Just like people, roofs age over time. This aging, combined with rain, strong winds, constant heat, and other extreme weather conditions, can create openings in the surface of the roof that allow water to enter into the home. When you invest in a roof inspection, you can fix these areas of damage before they have a chance to get worse, and help to prevent future problems.
Proper roof drainage is imperative for a functional surface. Leaks are, by far, one of the most common reasons a roof fails. Nothing increases the chances of a leak developing than standing water on the surface. Excessive amounts of moisture can also result in other roofing components and insulation to deteriorate and eventually require replacement. The drains, gutters, and roof itself need to be inspected to ensure it is clear for water to easily flow off the surface.
Whether you believe it or not, a thief can break into a home or building through skylights and roof hatches. If you have the roof inspected, you can easily figure out if there are any easy-to-access areas and whether or not the locks have to be replaced or repaired.
Unless you have a vegetative roof (which is a thing) if you see algae or other types of vegetation on the roof, it isn’t a good sign. Seeds, moisture, and dirt can build up in your home’s gutters, which is where vegetation is most commonly found. As part of your roof inspection, make sure the professional also checks out the gutters to ensure they are free from these types of debris. Also, if roots from a plant start to grow on the surface, they can penetrate through the membrane, resulting in serious issues with leaks.
If it has been a while since you invested in a roof inspection, now is the time to call. After all, if issues are present, they are only going to get worse and more expensive to repair as time passes. Also, when you call for a professional inspection, the roofer will be able to let you know about any other issues that may be present, or steps you can take to prevent problems down the road.