Waiting for your roof to leak is definitely not the right time to have your roof inspected! Many homeowners call us after a leak has already formed. By the time such damage has occurred, your roof has had several layers of materials penetrated. Waiting for this type of damage to occur, is a costly way of "maintaining" such an important part of your home. On the flip-side, having regular inspections can extend the life of your roof and ultimately save you money in the long-run. But the question remains: How often should I have my roof inspected?
When it comes to determining when, or how often to have your roof inspected, there are several factors that you may want to consider. Not all roofs are alike, and therefore the answer varies from one home to the next. At JL Roofing and Siding, we can help you determine the correct time in-between inspections.
Consider the following:
1) What type of material is your roof made out of? Determine what type of material your roof is made out of. Different materials have different life-spans and can develop different types of damage. Depending on the material, there can be considerable differences on how often your roof may need to be inspected and ultimately repaired or replaced.
2) What are the conditions like near your home? Determining the conditions that your roof endures is essential when determining time between inspections. If the roof undergoes excess exposure to heat and UV exposure, or the roof is not well insulated, the roof can deteriorate at a much higher rate of speed. On the other hand, a roof that is covered in trees or that is in a highly wooded area, may be growing moss or algae. In addition, highly wooded areas tend to expose your roof to more debris. This can cause both small and large damage, some of which may not be known by the homeowner until a leak occurs.
3) What are the wind conditions like near your home? Areas with high wind is also a big issue when it comes to damaging your roof prematurely. If you live in an area with high winds, you'll want to get your roof inspected more regularly.
4) What is the makeup of your roof? Do you have objects such as skylights that would create a need for caulking? Is your roof flat? Does your roof have large pitches? All of these factors determine how often your roof may need to be serviced.
5) Has there been any recent damage? Have you just experienced a large storm with high winds? Is there any visible damage such as missing shingles or otherwise? All of these factors can call for an inspection.
The bottom line. Prevention can save you thousands of dollars and extend the life of your roof. Talking with an experienced roofer like JL Roofing and Siding to discuss how often is appropriate for your specific situation is always your best bet in determining timing for inspections. If a leak does occur, time is of the utmost importance- so make a call to JL Roofing and Siding immediately, so that we can get you on the right track and possibly save you money in the long run.