If you are the type of car owner who gets their 50,000 and 100,000 mile maintenance performed, you should understand why regular roofing inspections can help your roof last. There is a difference in calling a roofing company for a roof repair and calling them for a roofing inspection.
In fact, when you call for a roof repair, few roofers inspect the whole roof. Most target the location of the leak and set about to fix the problem. That means if there is another problem area it won’t be addressed until you call them again for another roof repair. Roof repairs can be costly, especially when you have damage to your ceiling or in your attic. Regular roofing inspections can help identify issues and prevent the need for roof (and drywall and insulation) repair.
What a Roof Inspection Entails
Assuming you have asphalt shingles, when a roofer comes to your home and performs a roof inspection, they will climb on the roof and go in your attic and look at and for the following things:
- Loose, missing or worn out shingles on your roof’s surface
- Flashing and sealant along your flashing
- Attic ventilation
- Your insulation
- Mold or mildew growth on your roof and in your attic
- The roof decking and frame in the attic for damp spots and decay
- Clogged or loose gutters
Upon completion of the inspection they’ll ask if you want to make any repairs found during the inspection and provide you with an estimate for those repairs.
How a Roofing Inspection Saves You Money
There are a few ways that regular inspections will save you money. First, small issues like failing seals along your flashing, can be addressed before they lead to a roof leak. Simply, it costs less to repair now than if you wait until you have water damage in your home. Second, if storm damage is present, they can alert you to the issue and point out when it may have happened so you can contact your homeowners’ insurance prior to the claim window closing. Finally, your roof will last longer. Just like anything else kept in good repair lasts longer than something neglected, the same goes for your roof which will make the cost per year of your roof less.
Of course, no roof lasts forever, even with roofing inspections. Whether you need a roofing inspection or a roof replacement, Cooley Roofing can help. We’re locally based, insured and licensed ready to help you with all your roofing needs. Call us today at (336) 766-6488 or fill out our contact form for your appointment.