Free Roof Inspections
Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against storms and extreme weather, be it a foot of snow or high winds that tear through the town. When homeowners place blind faith in their roof and neglect it completely until the first sign of a leak, they could already be facing a much larger problem.
Unwanted structural issues, mold growth, or damaged insulation, are all side effects of a neglected roof. Spare yourself a headache down the road by having your roof periodically inspected by Champion Exteriors, and get 0% interest for 60 months. Financing options available.
When to Schedule a Roof Inspection
After a hailstorm or other significant weather event, most homeowners recognize the need for a thorough roof inspection to determine whether their roof suffered damage. But that shouldn’t be the only time you consider your roof’s health.
Perhaps the most vital time of year to have your roof inspected is the fall, before the cold of winter sets in. Timing is key. Frigid temperatures can compromise the success of new roof installations and such repairs as shingle replacement because new shingles can’t seal down properly when it’s too cold outside. Moreover, attempting repairs on icy roofs can be treacherous, so roof problems uncovered too late in the season may have to wait until spring to be fixed.
Another argument for a fall inspection is the fact that certain roof repairs should be initiated in the fall so they can be completed the next spring—for example, treatment for moss and lichen. The solutions used for either of these invaders can require an extended amount of time to work, sometimes up to 180 days. If moss or lichen are discovered during a fall roof inspection, there’s still a chance to get at them before cold weather sets in.
Then, the treatment can be working during those long winter months, and the dead lichen can be swept or rinsed off in the spring.
After the inspection, you’ll receive a detailed report about the condition of your roof and what repairs, if any, are necessary to keep it in good shape. If repairs are necessary, schedule them as soon as possible. That way, when snow blankets the neighborhood, you can be confident that your roof is in good shape.
Most homeowners can spot obvious roof problems, such as missing or flapping shingles, without climbing on the roof. Other types of damage, however, are not as visible to the untrained eye, which is why it’s important to get a professional opinion.
If your roof is relatively new (less than five years old), shows no signs of interior leaks, and hasn’t been exposed to major weather events since the last time it was inspected, you can probably get by with a visual inspection from the ground and a quick check for leaks in your attic.
In any other case, however, a comprehensive roof inspection should be completed by a roofing professional who knows what to look for.