Say you’ve now settled in your wonderful home. Everything is done. All papers are submitted. You’ve had all the necessary home inspection services, from roof inspections to mold testing and now you’ve finally closed the deal. What’s next?
Alright. You might be wondering what’s life to offer you now. Well, of course, you just moved into your dream home and the next thing you know, you’re putting photos on your family album and watching home videos. But that’d be pretty much a part of the future but the ‘near future’ also needs good planning so let’s tweak the time a little bit and go back to the present. Carefully plan ahead what needs to be maintained in your home so you won’t get shocked with unpleasant surprises down the road.
Did you know that your roof is one of the most overlooked aspects of your home? And did you know that any damage in your roof can greatly impact the structural integrity of your property? Does that mean roof inspections should not only be done once or twice? or thrice? The answer is YES. That’s one of the things you need to plan ahead as it is part of home maintenance.
Basically, the frequency of a home inspection varies and depends on the materials used and what conditions the roof has been exposed to. Should there be any signs of damage that need immediate action, the same should be taken care of the soonest.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, the ideal self-check is AT LEAST twice a year in addition to professional inspections.
Below is a helpful guide on how often should a roof inspection be:
1. It’s not only shingles!
Most people think of a roof and only see shingles and tiles. The fact is, there’s more to life than shingles and tiles that one might now know the depth of repair and condition that requires regular inspection. The roof is composed of trusses or rafters to give support, sheathing material made of sheet metal or boards which cover the rafters, and on top of that is the underlayment on which the shingles or tiles are laid. The underlayment cannot be easily inspected and is also the part that degrades most quickly. Professional inspectors are one call away to do this job.
2. If you notice any signs of damage on your roof, you need a roof inspection.
Extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc to any part of your property, much more to your roof. Any visible signs of damage such as missing tiles or damaged shingles, granules of the shingles in the gutter or drainage, dry rot, mold, and mildew due to water seepage all pose a threat to the integrity of the home. If you notice any of these, call for professional inspection immediately to prevent further damage.
3. The different roofing materials weather and decay differently.
Generally, a roof made of asphalt or composite shingles and even wooden shingles needs an inspection every three years. A tile roof can go up to five years before the next inspection. The underlayment can still degrade faster so it’s best to have it inspected earlier than the recommended span.
4. A happy roof is a happy home.
Regular home inspection works on the interiors and roof inspection specifically targets the exterior protection of your home. Roofing is one of the most expensive repairs there is so, instead of paying hundreds for roof repair, why not have it well maintained in the first place?
Your home, if well maintained, can live up to your expectations. Pass your property from generation to generation. A roof inspection should be one of your long-term goals starting today.
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