Obvious times – It probably seems silly to mention these, but we feel sometimes it’s best to be extra clear. If you notice leaks, missing shingles, cracks, bumps, or anything strange, or something has changed like a new stain on your ceiling it is best to get a roof inspection right away. Even if you notice little things like paint peeling on the fascia board below the gutters you should call right away. Almost always, these are signs of underlying bigger problems.
After storms – Its common to see strong storms with heavy drain and high winds in the spring and all summer long. Strong wind, hail, and heavy downpours can cause damage to a roof which should be addressed right away. If you suspect any problems after a storm, the best thing you can do is get a roof inspection.
Additionally, some insurance companies are challenging to work with and unfortunately will try to suggest there is less damage or that it was there previously. A roof inspection can be the proof you need for the insurance company to be held accountable and repair the damage from the storm.
When selling your home/ buying a home – It’s quite common for buyers to have a home inspected during the purchase process, and even some sellers have this done before listing their house for sale. It is important to keep in mind that a home inspector is not the same as a roof inspection.
Home inspectors are not required to get on the roof and walk it. They should go into the attic and look for leaking or any signs of water damage, and other structural issues. But they won’t be on the outside of the roof. Which means it is harder for them to closely check the condition of shingles, backing, holes, cracks, or dents, and chimney/flashing areas. With this in mind, it is best to hire an expert roofing company that provides roofing inspection services.
Annual Inspections – Once your roof reaches a certain age, it might be a good idea to start scheduling annual roof inspections. This is not necessary for a new roof that has been properly installed. But depending on the materials used, it is a good idea later in the life of the roof. Ace Construction & Remodeling expert roofers can give you an idea of when is a good time to start. Routine inspections can reveal problems that may be developing and can be addressed before they cause more damage.