It is necessary for any homeowner to regularly evaluate and maintain their roof. Sometimes there will be damage you can see and other times it will not be visible to the untrained eye. Regardless, untreated damage to the roof can cause serious problems to your house’s structure. If you notice any damage or water leaks, but cannot identify the source you need to consider contacting a professional roofing inspector. This will be the best way to make sure damage is identified early enough and repairs can be done before damage gets too costly.
The source of damage or any leak needs to be identified right away. The sooner you know the extent of any damage to the roof, the sooner you can repair it, which will save you money. Even if you do not see any signs of damage it is a good idea to inspect the roof after any heavy rains or wind. Sometimes damage will be there without obvious signs, in which case a professional is your best option. You are not likely to notice shingle deterioration, rot or mold or subtle structural issues.
In addition to this climbing ladders is not the safest thing for those who are not experienced. Falls from ladders caused 43% of deaths last year, so this is not a task to be taken lightly. To make sure the inspection is thorough and for your own safety, hire a professional. An accredited and licensed roofing company will have the knowledge and experience to ensure your roof is checked an can promptly identify damage. They can give you a prompt estimate of the work that needs to be done, which in the end will save you time an money. The key components a professional roofer will look for include:
- Obvious signs of damage: A professional roof inspector will check for any visible signs of damage first, which includes cracks as well as built up dirt or debris. Standing water is another sign of a problem and the gutter system is also checked because damage here means immediate attention is required.
- Examination of the exterior: The chimney, fascia, vents, decking and drip edges are checked for missing parts or damage. Chimneys and vents are prone to leaks, and when left untreated can cause serious water damage to the underlying roof structure. Identifying it sooner rather than later will save you a lot of money.
- Look in the attic: The interior of the roof is as important as the exterior and may provide better insight as to what the damage is. You need to be careful however, because a leak can become visible far away from the source. This means the root of your problem may not be anywhere near the water you can see. This is an easy way for damage to go untreated but a professional inspection will be able to identify these hidden causes of damage.
Hiring a Reputable Roofer
You need to get a roofer that is both trustworthy and experienced. There are a number of roofing companies out there that are less than honest and run scams, so you need to be sure of who you hire. Ask the company to provide their business license as well as insurance paperwork. Any reputable company will have this ready and be willing to share it with you. In addition to this you can ask to see references or testimonials from previous customers.
We are a fully licensed and bonded roofing company with years of experience and trained professionals. Our reputation precedes us and previous customer testimonials will prove our commitment to our customers and our work. We guarantee that we have the knowledge an experience to successfully see to your every roofing need.