How Often Does a Roof Need Inspecting?
We personally recommend that you have your roof inspected twice per year, but one time per year is usually enough. If you're only going with the one time annually, book that inspection for during the fall — before winter hits. Animals will try to get inside your house during the winter, especially if you live in an area where wild animal intruders are rife. And in the attic/roof, you're talking about bats, birds, squirrels, raccoons, cats, rats, and plenty more. It's easier for those critters to get up there than you'd think, and once they're in ... well, they’re quite difficult to get back out again.
By inspecting and maintaining your roof/roofing system once per year, before winter, you can make sure that any necessary repairs are done before the bad weather and cold temperatures hit. Snow, ice and heavy rainfall adds extra weight to your roof, and if gutters aren't working correctly, standing water or ice/snow will become a very big problem. Those things are dangerous when they're up on the roof, able to fall down at any time. Not only that, water is heavy. Standing water on the roof is going to add more pressure to a structure that might already be straining under the lack of maintenance and reinforcements. It won't be long before you have a leak, holes or missing shingles, or worse — a roof that is barely standing at all.
If you live in an area where there are lots of trees, you suffer with moss on the roof a lot, or there are lots of storms that bring high winds, it might be worth increasing the amount of annual inspections to two. Once before winter and then another, in the summer. You will usually find that clogged gutters are a problem when there are a lot of trees about, so more regular maintenance (unclogging) will be required for an effective roof. If you aren’t sure whether or not your roof needs an inspection, please feel free to get in touch. It’s better to have one than not have one, especially if you have your suspicions that tiles have moved or become damaged, or a leak has made its way into your home.
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