The Basics of Residential Roof Care: A Homeowner’s Guide – Part 1: The Importance of Regular Roof Inspections

The Basics of Residential Roof Care: A Homeowner’s Guide – Part 1: The Importance of Regular Roof Inspections

Everyone knows the importance of preventive health care but a lot of people don’t take any action until there’s a major problem. It’s a gamble, so to speak: sometimes you win, saving precious time and money while doing away with negative consequences. Other times, however, what would have been a minor issue takes advantage of that time to grow into a bigger problem, costing more than if it had been taken care of initially.

The Basics of Residential Roof Care: A Homeowner's Guide - Part 1: The Importance of Regular Roof Inspections

You see, when they fail, gambles fail big time. Unfortunately, many homeowners take the same approach with their roofing systems, doing away with preventive roof inspection services. Here’s what you’re missing out on when you do that:

  • Catching issues while they are still small. Roofing problems don’t usually happen overnight, except if a major storm hits your area. Leaks and other common issues start with something seemingly mild, such as sagging pipe supports, which can eventually lead to punctures. Having a professional inspect your system can let you spot early warning signs and correct things before they worsen. Left undetected and unattended, a leak could lead to rot and mold growth, affecting not just your roof’s structural integrity but your family’s health as well.
  • Protecting your roofing warranty. The majority of roofing warranties require an annual or biannual roof inspection to remain valid. If you can’t prove that your roof continuously receives professional inspections from qualified roofers, your roofing warranty might be at risk of being voided. Having a routine inspection plan in place can help you maintain not just your roof’s health, but your overall peace of mind as well.
  • Helping protect the environment. Although asphalt shingle recycling is being practiced in many states today, a huge portion of old roofing shingles from American homes still end up in landfills. Making the most of and even extending your shingles’ lifespan through regular inspections and prompt repairs will let you do your bit for the environment by helping limit trash generated.

An ounce of prevention really is better than a pound of cure, especially when you’re dealing with roofing systems. Worried about storm damage? Don’t be! After an inspection, your roofer can prescribe repairs for your system where needed, ensuring you get the results you’re looking for.

Want to learn more about dealing with storm damage? Head on over to Part 2 of this blog series.