By getting your roof inspected regularly, you can prevent unpleasant surprises. After all, your roof is a critical element of your home.
Sadly, it can go completely unnoticed—until something is wrong. But who needs to get their roof inspected? How frequently should it be inspected?
Today, we’re helping you understand the importance of roof safety, inspections, and regular roof maintenance.
What is a Roof Inspection?
A roof inspection is when an experienced inspector carefully examines your roof from the inside, outside, and all angles to identify any potential problems or existing dangers. First, the inspector will use binoculars and possibly camera equipment to visually inspect the roof from the outside. The inspector will look for any damaged shingles, sagging, loose flashing, gutters and downspout issues, and any other visually identifiable problems.
Next, the inspector will likely climb onto the roof for a closer look at all the aforementioned issues and to test for drainage. Finally, a seasoned inspector will check the underside of the roof, usually found in an attic. This is where they look for drips, mold, drafts, water damage, and other indications of roof problems.
Who Should Get Their Roof Inspected?
Not everyone needs to worry about getting a roof inspection—at least not right now. However, if you find yourself in any of the following groups, you should consider a roof inspection in the near future.
- People in Very Old Homes: A high-quality roof should last 20+ years if it was well-constructed and properly maintained. Unfortunately, even a solid roof will show damage over time. The older your roof, the more likely it is that damage has been sustained, so you should consider an inspection if your roof is 20 years or older.
- People in Brand New Homes: It’s smart to have an independent inspector check the quality of your roof, even when it’s a brand new home. It’s easy to assume that everything has been constructed correctly, but it’s also easy for things to slip through the cracks—literally.
- People in Severe Weather Areas: If you live in a place that has regular bouts of severe weather, your roof has to work harder than most. Tornados, hurricanes, monsoons, or heavy snowfall can damage roofs, so be sure that you regularly plan a roof inspection to catch damage quickly and get it repaired right away.
Frequency of a Roof Inspection
The frequency with which you schedule a roof inspection will depend on many factors. The newer your roof, the less frequently you’ll need to get it inspected. Older roofs, damaged roofs, or roofs in severe weather areas will require more frequent inspection.
We recommend getting your roof inspected every five years, unless you’ve sustained damage or your roof is nearing 20 years old. In that case, get inspections every three years or after every major severe weather event.
We Do Roofing SLC Can Inspect Your Roof
If you’re concerned about your roof, don’t hesitate to call We Do Roofing SLC for a free estimate or to schedule an inspection. We have the expertise to keep your roof in tip-top shape. We serve West Valley, Murray, Taylorsville, West Jordan, Bountiful, and Sandy in Utah.