Have you ever underestimated the cost of something? Or underestimated how much time it would take to do a task? How about underestimate the time it takes to get to work, church or an important meeting and you end up late? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Most homeowners find themselves in the same predicament when it comes to their roofs. Many homeowners underestimate the importance a yearly roof inspection and it most always ends up costing them more in the long run. If you are waiting until your roof leaks before you are ready to get it checked, you have waited too long. For your roof to stay in good shape you need regular inspections done. The NRCA recommends getting your roof checked twice a year during the fall and the spring.
Why Fall Is A Good Time To Get Your Roof Inspected
The fall is a great time to get a roof inspection, because your roof has just experienced daily temperature fluctuations of the extreme heat of the day and the cool nights as the sun goes down. The heat can cause damage to roof especially if there are shingles missing. The heat will speed of the damage to the shingles and the roof as a whole. This can also expose your home to moisture, which can cause mold and mildew to grow inside. Damaged shingles that are exposed to sunlight can begin to warp and buckle as they get older. Some people ignore these issues or try to fix it themselves. If you notice any of these issues, call a roofing expert right away. Don’t attempt to inspect the roof yourself, as a sagging or damaged roof is unsafe to walk on.
Besides the damage that the heat from the sun can cause, you also have to worry about humidity. Humidity can cause excessive moisture which can weaken a roof and create leaks over time.
Water damage from rainy days can take a toll on a roof. Regular inspection of your roof and putting a layer of waterproofing can help protect your roof from water damage.
Some roofs can have damage from algae and moss that grow on it from the moisture. If you notice this, it is best to get the moss removed immediately as it gets harder to remove the longer it stays on the roof.
Spring Roof Inspections Are Needed After Harsh Winters
Spring is another great time to get your roof inspected. The harsh cold weather of the winter can cause your roof to have many issues. Freezing rain is one the main threats that can cause damage to the roof. When ice builds up in the gutter it prevents water from properly draining from your roof.
This creates Ice dams. Ice dams form at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off of the roof. This can be a problem, because it doesn’t take but a couple of inches of water to cause extensive interior damage. This backups the water and it usually just sits on the roof, works its way under the roof covering and flows into the attic.
Snow and wind are also winter weather hazards for a roof. A lot of snow can put excess weight on your roof and expedite the wear and tear. If you are in an area that experiences large amounts of snow each winter, you are well aware that some roofs can collapse due to the burden of the heavy snow.
Wind damage is another thing to look out for in the Winter. Some of the strongest winds happen during the winter months. A strong wind can loosen, break or tear off shingles. You can easily prepare for winter winds by having a trained and insured Aspen Contracting project consultant inspect your roof, siding and gutters and fix all problems before winter arrives.
You Need A Yearly Roof Inspection
Between the heat of the Summer and cold of the Winter, Fall and Spring are perfect times to get your roof inspected. Most companies like Aspen Contracting offer a FREE Roof Inspection, but choose someone trusted and insured to give you a professional evaluation. All you have to do is click or call and set up an appointment.