Annual roof inspections should be a priority because they help avoid costly repairs down the line and extend the lifespan of your roof. An inspection finds drainage problems, leaks, damage from storms, animals and vegetation, etc. All of these problems can cause further damage if left unattended.
Why You Need Two Roof Inspections per Year
The inspection is critical to understanding your roof’s condition so that you can manage proper maintenance, which extends the useful life of your roof.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), you should schedule inspections twice a year and after any significant weather event. Coordinate your assessments with the planting season and the harvest, spring and fall. This way, problems caused by winter weather or summer scorchers can be found and repaired right away.
The Benefits of Biannual Roof Inspections
The most significant benefit of regular roof inspections is that they detect minor damage that would lead to more extensive and expensive repairs. For example, a puncture to the membrane will eventually leak inside, resulting in wood rotting, corrosion, mold and ceiling or wall damage. An inspection also catches membrane deterioration, inadequately flashed penetrations (pipes and curbs) that will start leaking if not corrected and debris (leaves, dirt, trash, etc.) that prevent proper drainage.
Other common reasons to get your roof inspected include:
- Leak investigation
- Storm damage
- Structural damage
- Roof cleaning to ensure proper drainage (standing water on a roof from debris blocking drainage increases the likelihood of leaks many-fold)
- Roof cleaning to avoid damage from flying debris
- Aging (wear, tear and natural weathering)
- Vegetation damage (for example, by animals like birds building nests on roofs and depositing seeds, promoting the growth of vegetation, or by tree branches scraping roof surfaces)
- Routine maintenance damage (for example, from air conditioner technicians executing maintenance but failing to seal the mechanical access panels or clean up messes adequately)
- Warranty requirement (the inspector will provide you with a document to give your roof system manufacturer as required by their warranty)
Biannual roof inspections provide a checklist for necessary maintenance work. They are the first step in a proactive roof management program, allowing you to schedule minor repairs instead of emergency leak disasters.
Scheduling Your Roof Inspections
Van Horn Construction’s team of senior-level professionals delivers exceptional roof inspection services at an affordable price. They will supply you with valuable information to prevent costly repairs later and keep your roof in optimal condition for many years. So, schedule your biannual roof inspections with us today and stay ahead of the surprises.