It’s always a good idea to routinely look for roof damage. But it’s not always easy to spot from the ground. When you’re not sure what to look for or you suspect you might have a problem, your next step might be to get a professional roof inspection.
If one of the following five scenarios applies to you, it’s best to enlist the help of our expert roof inspectors.
1. After a Bad Storm
Storms are one of the leading causes of roof damage. High winds, hail, heavy rains all threaten the integrity of your roofing elements. They can cause debris to collect, throw large limbs onto your roof, and even pull off shingles, gutters, and soffits. Large pieces of hail can penetrate your roof, or at least severely dent it.
But aside from obvious signs of damage, some issues are to spot, especially at ground level.
A professional roof inspector will go up onto your roof and inspect it more closely for signs of damage. They’re also trained to look for signs of hail that can be harder to spot. They’ll test the integrity of your roofing fixtures and recommend the best course of action.
At the minimum, you’ll get peace of mind that you don’t have any undetected leaks. And at the maximum, you’ll know that you have damage that your roofer will fix for you before it turns into a more costly problem.
2. When Selling Your Home
A home inspection is usually a natural part of buying a home. It’s something the home buyers will elect and pay for on their own, so there’s nothing required on your part.
However, it can be a good idea to get a free roof inspection when you list the home to avoid any surprises. Your roof inspection might turn up damage that needs to be addressed. You can take care of issues before you show your home and avoid spending your repair budget on unnecessary updates or fixes.
Otherwise, when your home goes under contract and your buyers schedule their inspection, the inspector will find the roof damage and it could reflect poorly on you. The buyers might back out of the contract, or they may wonder what else about the home you’ve neglected to disclose.
3. When Buying a Home
Likewise, when you’re buying a home, a roof inspection should be part of your decision-making process. Savvy home buyers know to ask questions about the home’s roof, including its age, materials, and any issues or repairs that have been done to the roof.
Your home inspector will usually include the roof in their report. However, it can be beneficial to hire a dedicated roof inspector to get a more detailed look at the roof’s condition. A general inspector doesn’t have the deep industry knowledge needed to spot all types of damage, nor will they be able to address any issues they find.
With a roof inspector, you can get a plan of action immediately and start checking off the to-do list.
4. When You Notice Visible Damage
Clearly, anytime you notice roof damage, you won’t want to delay repairs. Roof damage may allow moisture to enter your home, which can grow into a mold problem or other costly issues.
Every type of roof repair should start with a free inspection. Your inspector will not only be able to share solutions, but also inspect your roof for other damage that you may not have noticed.
5. Every Year
To keep your home in tiptop shape, take advantage of our free roof inspections year-round. Make it part of your annual home maintenance so that roof damage never flies under the radar for long.