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How Often Should I Get My Roof Inspected?

Roof maintenance is an incredibly important part of owning a home, but it frequently goes overlooked.
Often, the only time people think about it is when there’s a leak. While it’s good to have your roof looked at if you notice a problem, that isn’t enough. Roofs do a good job protecting you and your home from the elements, but they’re not infallible. They should be routinely inspected and maintained to prolong their lifespan. In fact, scheduled regular roof inspections and maintenance can help identify and solve problems before they get even worse.

But how often should you get your roof inspected?

When to get your roof inspected varies depending on the age and type of your roof, and the climate you live in. However, generally speaking, it’s suggested that you perform a self-examination twice a year, along with professional inspections every 2-3 years. We also suggest taking a look at your roof after any severe weather. Storms can be particularly damaging to roofs and can lead to some pretty serious problems. Check out our self-inspection guidelines to learn what to look for!

Self Inspections– Self-inspections are fairly easy to do, and can save you money and time in the long run. Your self-inspection should be focused on issues that are common where you live. For example, the pacific northwest has more issues with mold due to the moisture in the air, whereas hotter places in the south may worry more about blistering and cracking shingles. The best way to do a self-inspection is by using a ladder to get to the same height as your roof and taking a good look at it. Repeat this process for each surface of your roof. Do not get on your roof, as you may cause more damage. If you’re not comfortable with heights, a pair of binoculars and a good vantage point is an alternative but may not be as effective.

Some things to look for:

  • Missing or damaged shingles
  • Blistering, cracking or buckling shingles
  • Moss, lichen or discoloration
  • Rust on flashings around chimney
  • Deteriorating chimney mortar
  • Cracked caulk or curling sealant
  • Debris
  • Smooth asphalt shingles
  • Sunken spots

It’s important to note that while looking for common problems is a good idea, you should have a grasp on other forms of damage to keep an eye out for. If you notice any significant damage, you should call a professional immediately.

Professional inspections– While self-inspections are encouraged twice a year, it’s extremely important to have a professional roofing company inspect your roof every 2-3 years. From excessive granules in a gutter to weathered shingles, professionals can spot problem areas better than the average homeowner and can suggest necessary repairs.

At Shanco, we can help prolong the life of your roof. Whether your roof needs cleaning, repairs or other forms of preventative maintenance, our expert contractors can do it all, saving you time and money in the future. Our free roof inspections are the best around because we utilize satellite technology to ensure that your roof inspection is fast and accurate. Call us today to learn more!

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