When was the last time you really thought long and hard about the state of your roof? For most homeowners, the busyness of daily life combined with other, often more immediate concerns means that the answer to that question could easily be “a long time ago”. While it is easy to take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to your roof, it is important to remember that this is a truly fundamental element of your home. A safe roof means a safe place to live.
Time and the elements take their toll on all things — your roof included. A periodic inspection can reveal the need for roof maintenance, highlight concerning signs of age, or simply confirm that you’re in good shape for the present time. Most roofing companies are happy to provide a very thorough inspection service, but when should you turn to those services?
As long as you can do so safely, you can carry out your own basic inspections periodically. Knowing how and when to do that will also let you recognize easily when it’s time to call for help from professionals.
How a Simple “DIY” Inspection Can Help You
Experts recommend that you inspect your roof twice a year as the seasons change. Checking in the spring prior to summer weather and in the autumn before snowy winters arrive is the best solution — you don’t need to be breaking out the ladder and climbing up there every few weeks. By carrying out these periodic self inspections, you’ll learn what your roof should look like normally, making it simpler to notice when something isn’t right. When you do spot signs of damage, you can seek professional help sooner rather than later — ultimately saving you money and trouble in the long run.
You should also consider looking at your roof following especially severe weather. In 2021 alone, there were more than 3,700 “major” hailstorms across the United States, leading to billions of dollars in claims. When severe weather strikes, don’t wait for the signs of damage to become obvious. If your home experiences a hailstorm, a quick visual inspection will indicate if your roof came through unscathed or if it’s time to call for help.
What You Should Look For When Inspecting Your Roof
When you take a look at your roof, what are some of the most common trouble signs? Look for cracks in tiles or shingles that are broken or even altogether missing and inspect flashing for signs of damage. Shingles that appear to have blisters or which curl at the edges are also trouble signs. Look for any spots that seem to sag or buckle downwards in your roof. Inspect your gutters for signs of shingle decay — you’ll find lots of gritty black material in your gutters if the singles have begun to wear down. Hail damage will likely be obvious as circular holes punched into the roofing material.
When is the Right Time To Call a Professional Team?
Climbing up onto the roof to take a look around isn’t always easy — but you don’t have to worry about handling it alone. At DB3 Roofing, we can provide you with an extensive roof inspection at any time, whether you’ve detected damage on your own or when you simply want an experienced eye on the job. When we find damage, we explain the issue, lay out your options, and can provide you with a quote on any necessary repairs.
Your roof works hard to protect you rain or shine — a semi-annual inspection is a simple step you can take to ensure that hard work and your investment pay off for years to come.