Every roofing job needs to begin with a thorough inspection as this is the only way for your roofer to determine what issues are plaguing your system and to what extent they run. And even when you don't suspect anything is wrong, you should schedule a roof inspection just the same to ensure that there are no unforeseen issues and that you stem potential ones from even developing.
At a minimum, a roof needs to be inspected twice a year. Ideally, the inspections would be evenly spaced apart, scheduled once every six months, but you can also have it scheduled every spring and fall to take on damage that may have occurred during the harsh winter months and to prepare for the coming cold season. Whatever schedule you come up with, it's more important to make sure that it is regularly carried out.
Aside from scheduling regular inspections, however, you should also call on your roofer after a major weather disturbance hits your area. Even when your roof is intact, it could still have suffered damage not visible from the ground so it's best to have a professional have a look at it.
Roof inspections have to be thorough to be effective so they are best left to professionals. Aside from having the necessary skills to properly do an inspection, roofing contractors also have the right tools and equipment to carry out the task safely. Starting points for inspections may vary, but roofers typically look for the following issues:
If you're thinking of going up your roof on your own, stop right there! It's understandable you want to take on a more active role in caring for your roof, but please think about your safety. This doesn't mean there's nothing you can do, however, as you can still do minor inspections on your own from the ground with a pair of binoculars. Indoors, you can be on the lookout for water stains or spots on your ceiling, and water damage in your attic. If you see mold, that's a sign you're looking at moisture exposure.
When roof repairs can no longer cut it, it's time to consider replacement to keep your roofing system reliable. Learn more about roof replacement in Part 3!