According to the NRCIA, homeowners should get a roof inspection at least once per year.
If your residential roof is going to stand the test of time, you need to take roof maintenance seriously. Your roof is your first line of defense against everything from storms to winter weather. For that reason, it takes a serious beating.
As one of Colorado’s top roofing companies, we’ve seen just about everything while performing roof inspections. In this post, we’re going to tell you some of the scariest things we’ve seen. It’s important to know what could happen without a routine roof inspection, so keep reading and you’ll realize how important roof care is.
Poorly maintained and ignored roofs are extremely attractive to insects and rodents. They’ll nest under your shingles, then chew their way into your roof to take over your attic. Along the way, they’ll create breaches in your roof that cause leaks, which can lead to a long list of issues in the home.
If you don’t get a regular roof inspection, you won’t know that these intruders are there until it’s too late. Once they’ve set up shop, you’re going to have to call in the pros anyway to perform roof repair. It’s always better to have preventative maintenance done instead.
When you’ve got a perpetually wet roof, you’ll start to see rotting shingles. As soon as you notice moss on your roof, it’s a sign that there’s an excess of moisture. The mold will soon follow, which can quickly move into the structural components of your roof.
We don’t need to overwhelm you with the negative health effects of mold in the home. Just know that rotting, moldy shingles are prone to breaking, so it’s important to have them replaced as soon as possible.
Everything we’ve discussed thus far will help to create water leaks in your roof. Over the years, and typically after storms, we’ve seen huge pools of water resting on roofs that cause expensive damage to the roof’s membrane.
When left to get worse, leaking can lead to a loss of insulation and ruined belongings, in addition to mold and fungi. With a routine inspection, you’ll be able to spot any and all leaks and fix them before they become serious.
The other thing that we typically look at during a roof inspection is your gutters. Homeowners should clear their gutters on a regular basis, especially before and after a harsh winter.
When you have a buildup of debris in the gutters, they’ll clog and start overflowing with water. As this happens, an abundance of water will drop around the base of your home, which compromises the foundation. An inspection will tell you how your gutters are doing so that you can have them cleaned if needed.
These are a few of the scariest things we see during roof inspections, but they don’t have to happen to you. A properly maintained roof can last for 25 years, but you need to give it the attention it needs to stand the test of time.
At GreenPoint Roofing, we offer residential roofing services that will ensure your roof is kept in good shape. Not only do we offer inspections, but repairs and replacement as well. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs with one of our dedicated professionals.