Repairing your roof is never convenient, however, it does not compare to the cost and aggravation of ignoring the impact of your roof. Explicit sunlight, hail, wind, rain, ice and snow will affect your roof quality over time and in consequence its ability to protect you from the elements. The older a roof is the more susceptible it becomes to these elements.
Many homeowners are shocked to learn that their roof is flawed, especially when the shingles appear to look okay. This article will focus on two areas applicable to the subject of roof inspection. First, we will talk about the homeowner’s part as the roof inspector and the things the homeowner should look for to manage the essence of his or her roof. Second, we will discuss the roofing contractor’s job and the value of communicating with your roofing contractor who assesses your roof.
Let us first examine the role of the homeowner. The NRCA ( National Roofing Contractors Association) urges homeowners to conduct a roof inspection twice a year. All granting it is recommended that you follow the guidance of a roofing specialist, there is stuff that homeowners can do to lessen problems and lengthen the life of their roof.
Before we get started, we do feel it is critical to advise you that if you are using a ladder make sure you follow all the appropriate safety procedures. When up on your roof, you are going to want to look for any shingles that are loose or missing. You also want to look for some exposed roofing nails due to the expansion and contraction of the roof deck. You can also inspect the attic or your ceilings for dark and wet spots. You will want to make sure that the insulation is not blocking your intake ventilation once inside your attic. Finally, make sure that your kitchen, dryer and bathroom exhausts are venting to the outside of your home and not pumping hot and moist air into your attic or crawl space.
If you see any of these clues you should have a roofing expert come to your dwelling and further assess. Keep in mind, that these red flags do not automatically mean that you need a new roof! It may be a small issue that just needs a simple roof repair. What is critical here is that you have arrangements to fix the issue before it leads to more costly damage to your home.
The second item we want to examine is the roof inspection work on your home by your roofing contractor. Some contractors provide very limited inspections, which consist of looking at the exterior of the roof and sometimes only from the street level. While this is all that will be needed in some cases, it is not secure to think that it is needed in all cases. Luso Roofing advocates that a roofing company perform a thorough roof inspection. Roofing companies who complete a more comprehensive roof inspection will be better able to provide what is needed to bring results and long-term performance to your roof. One simple example is ventilation, your roofing contractor will inform you if you have proper roofing ventilation. Improper roofing ventilation can escalate the aging process of your roofing shingles.
Small roofing problems can grow into a much larger and more costly problem. This is why homeowners must take a proactive approach to roof inspections and work with the roofing contractor who does the same.