It is very important to have your roof inspected before the cold weather hits. A winter roof inspection can give you peace of mind and save you from costly repairs.
If you think roof problems are rare, you’re wrong. “Roof deficiencies are the most common problem reported by home inspection associations,” says the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association. “Thirty percent of real estate inspection claims are due to roof leaks and water penetration,” the group says. “Thirty nine percent of homeowner’s insurance claims are because of roof problems.”
There are a few key places you should focus on when caring for your roof. Make sure your shingles are all intact and firmly attached. Be on the lookout for shingles that could be cracked or damaged. Look for any holes, cracks or tears in metal flashing – that is, the strips of metal on your roof that help protect it. You should also make sure your roof vents are in good condition.
Do what you can to avoid problems with your own roof. Have it inspected before the winter begins. Read on to learn the benefits of a roof inspection for winter.
1.Avoid Costly and Unplanned Repairs
If you think roof problems are rare, you’re wrong.
In the wintertime, snow, ice and hail can put extra strain on your roof. Animals looking for warmth could try to use your roof as the point of entry to your warm home. Trees and branches, heavy with snow and ice, can fall on your roof. Of course, home builders know that roofs have to withstand all these things and more during the course of their lifespans. However, weaknesses and unnoticed problems make it harder for your roof to withstand wear and tear. You don’t want to learn that your roof has a weak spot in the midst of a huge snowstorm. Figure out what any problem areas are before the cold weather hits and have them corrected as soon as possible.
2.If your Home is on the Market
If your home is on the market now, or you plan to sell it some time in the future, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected regularly. Potential home buyers will feel more secure knowing that the roof is sturdy and safe, and your diligent care could help boost the property value for your home.
While you should be familiar with the state of your roof, only a trained professional can give you a thorough and accurate roof inspection. Having your roof inspected by a pro means that you’re having it looked at by someone who is trained to notice even the most subtle changes in your roof – and who will know how to quickly address them. Roof inspections shouldn’t be done by home inspectors, either. You should take care to find a certified roof inspector in your area.
4.Help your Roof Work More Efficiently
Since winter is so hard on your roof, you want it to be in tip-top shape to withstand the elements. Your roof isn’t just designed to shelter you and your family. It’s made so that rain, snow and other outside elements roll off of it and away from your house. By making sure that everything is working well, you’ll make sure that snow, ice and hail stay off of your roof so that they don’t linger causing damage.
5.Getting on a Schedule Helps Make it a Part of your Routine
Most experts suggest that you have your roof inspected at least once a year. Knowing that you will have one done every fall (in anticipation of the winter) makes it less likely that you will forget to have it done.
The best way to avoid problems with your roof is to stop them before they have a chance to start. Do what you can to protect yourself from Old Man Winter. Keep him out of your house and away from your roof.