Roof Inspections Prevent Minor Damage From Escalating. Here's When To Have It Professionally Inspected

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Since your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, it's one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. Its duty is to protect your home from water damage, and it can only do that if it's in good condition. Water damage can take a while to appear inside your home — by the time you notice water spots on the ceiling, it may have already caused mold or rot inside your home. Keeping your roof in good condition is important in order to prevent severe water damage, and regular inspections play a vital role in maintaining your roof. For maximum protection, here's when you should call a professional roofing contractor and schedule a full roofing inspection.

After a Severe Hailstorm

Some hail damage is easily visible, such as destroyed or damaged shingles. However, hail can also bruise shingles and dent flashing. A bruised shingle has damage underneath its asphalt granules and feels soft to the touch, but has no visible damage on the surface. Dented flashing is difficult to see from the ground level. Since some hail damage is difficult for a homeowner to see, it's important to have your roof professionally inspected by a roofing contractor after a severe hailstorm.   Before Selling Your Home

Before you put your home on the market, it's a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor and obtain a certificate of inspection. You can use this as a selling point for your home, which can help you find a buyer faster. The reason is that most home inspectors do not fully inspect the roof — they will only look for obvious signs of damage that are visible from the ground level.

If a home buyer wants to be certain that the roof is in good condition, they would have to pay for a professional roof inspection themselves. Having your roof professionally inspected yourself will save buyers money and reassure them that the roof is in good condition, making your home more attractive compared to others on the market.

Before Installing Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great way to make your home greener and reduce your energy bills, but they will add additional weight to your roof. In addition, solar panels can catch high winds and transfer the force to your roofing shingles, which adds additional stress to your roof during severe storms. Since solar panels are a large investment, it's important to make sure your roof is in good condition before having them installed by having your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor.

Twice a Year, Preferably in the Spring and Fall

In order to keep your roof in good condition, it's a good idea to have it inspected twice a year. The best times of year to do this are in the fall and in the spring — winter is the toughest time of year for a roof due to hail, snow and ice dams, so you should make sure that it's both ready to weather the winter and that it survived the winter unscathed.

A professional inspection by a roofing contractor will make sure that your roof is doing what it's designed to do — keep water out of your home. When you have your roof regularly inspected, you'll catch problems early and limit any damage that can be done by water. In addition, problems such as damaged or missing shingles will let water into the roof's underlayment and decking, which will damage the roof itself and lead to future issues. Regular inspection prevents the damage from getting out of control, helping to save your roof and eliminate the need for a full roof replacement.

If you're not receiving regular roofing inspections, call a professional roofing contractor and schedule an appointment. Remember that roofing damage often leads to a downward spiral — slight damage to your roof that allows water intrusion can lead to major damage later on. Inspections allow you to catch problems early and fix them before they lead to more severe roofing damage.

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metal or shingled roofing - what do you choose?

I spent weeks researching metal and shingle roofing to try to figure out what would be the best material to use on my home. I weighed the costs, the length of life, the amount of maintenance required and how well each type would hold up to high winds and strong storms. After compiling all of the information that I needed to make an educated decision about the roofing for my home, I created a blog. This blog is meant to help other homeowners decide which roofing material would be best for their homes now and many years into the future.