As part of regular preventative maintenance, an inspection is necessary to spot potential problems before they get bad. The National Roofing Contractor Association suggests that you inspect your roof at least once a year, but preferably twice annually during springtime and fall.
You can extend the life of your roof by taking the proper steps to prevent problems that could weaken and shorten its life span. Consider this: it could take up to two years for a leak in your roof to show inside the home; by the time you see the stain on your ceiling, water has already made it through all the layers of your roofing system: the shingle, underlayment, shields, plywood, insulation. Think of what happens when these materials are saturated and then sit through the seasons. Mold. Rot. Spreading of the leak. Catalyzing other problems within the structure that the average person wouldn’t have known to look for. In other words, lots and lots of headaches.
DIY: If you’re handy, and not afraid of heights, consider inspecting your own roof once or twice a year. Use this checklist as a guide.
A roofing expert is trained to see what you may be unable to discern...
NOTE Be aware that while a DIY roof inspection is better than no inspection, it’s still a good idea to enlist a professional when you can. AKVM experts are trained to spot issues that could lead to major problems in the future. Always keep in mind that if you can see a problem with the naked eye, it’s already been a problem for a while.