Every homeowner should have his or her roof checked. This starts from the very beginning when you purchase your home and should be scheduled periodically. You should never wait to have your roof inspected only when there are problems because roofing problems can be catastrophic.
A leaky roof can cause mold, which could affect your physical health and your home’s structural integrity. If it gets into your electrical wiring, it can damage a lot of your home wiring and electrical appliances. You might be a great Do It Yourself kind of person, you can probably change your own plumbing on your own but some things like roofing does not need a Jack-of-All-Trades lay person.
If you were going to do it on your own would you even know what to look for? There are things that might be obvious like cracked tiles but the truth is walking on your roof hoping to find problems might be dangerous for you and you could unwittingly damage the roof. It is always better to leave specialized jobs to people who are qualified to do the job, who have the experience and the equipment to perform adequate inspection. In the bigger scheme of things calling in a roofing inspector will help you get an understanding of how long you should expect your roof to last.
There are three occasions when your roof needs to be inspect
- When it’s new. You can check if it adheres to the building codes
- After a major storm to check if you don’t have to put in a roofing insurance claim
- When you are sell or buying a new house
- As a part of the house maintenance routine
A roof should come with its own warranty but that’s not something most people think about when they get into their new homes but if the roof can have its own insurance then it should have a warranty that you can revert to when problems arise. Go online to find a checklist of things that need to be evaluated during a roof inspection.