How Often To Inspect The Roof

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Most homeowners know that they need to inspect their roofs regularly. However, many people don't know how often they need to conduct roof inspections. Too frequent inspections waste resources and too infrequent inspections expose the roof to wear and damage. The following are some factors to help you get the frequency of home inspections right.

Roof Pitch

When other factors are constant, flat roofs face more problems than pitched roofs. For example, drainage is better on pitched roofs than it is on flat roofs, debris is more likely to accumulate on flat roofs than pitched roofs, and pitched roofs withstand temperature expansions better than pitched roofs. Thus, flat roofs require more frequent inspections than pitched roofs due to the former's high risk of damage.

Roof Design

The design of the roof matters because complicated designs increase the risk of damage. For example, the more ridges, connections, and valleys a roof has, the more likely it is to experience damage. This is because the connection points represent weak points on the roof that are more susceptible to wear and tear than other points on the roof. Thus, complicated roof designs call for more frequent inspections than simple roofing designs.

Roofing Materials

Your choice of roofing material also affects the inspection frequency because some materials experience more problems than others. For example, tile withstands the weather better than wood or asphalt shingles. Thus, wood and asphalt shingles call for more frequent inspections than tile roofing.

Local Weather

As previously mentioned, the weather is one of the biggest determinants of roof durability. Melting snow and rainfall cause corrosion and rot, snow accumulation overloads the roof, wind can loosen parts of the roof, and high temperatures cause material degradation. Thus, if your area experiences frequent windstorms, wide temperature fluctuations, and lots of precipitation, your roof needs more frequent inspections than a roof in a milder climate.

Roofing Installations

Having too many things on your roof also increases the frequency of the inspections. Things like satellite dishes, vents, chimneys, and cooling systems on your roof increase foot traffic on the roof, trap debris, and interfere with roof drainage.

Age of the Roof

Lastly, the age of the roof also matters because roofs deteriorate with age. The wear and tear your roof experiences every season means the roof is vulnerable to damage after years of existence. A two-decade-old roof, therefrom, requires more frequent inspections than a five-year-old roof.

Hopefully, the inspections won't reveal problems with your roof. Even if the contractor unearths a problem, not every roof problem requires a replacement; in some cases, a repair suffices. These replacements and repairs are important.

Contact a company near you that offers roof replacements and repairs in order to learn more.

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