“If you take care of it, it will take care of you.” This is an old saying that applies to many things in life, including your home’s roof. Having an annual roof inspection performed by a licensed roof contractor is one of the simplest things you can do to ensure that your roof is continuously protecting your home and family. Still, professional inspections are also an essential part of an effective preventive maintenance program for your roof. The key to controlling roof problems is to catch them as early as possible. When problems become apparent to the untrained eye, damage to the roof may already be severe. An annual roof inspection will catch problems soon so that they can be repaired quickly and efficiently to help avoid the progression of damage into costly and inconvenient major repairs. The small cost of an annual roof inspection can save you thousands of dollars in avoidable expenses, but it can also provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that life just got a little easier.
Can I Do My Roof Inspection?
A thorough and professional roof inspection should only be performed by a fully trained and adequately equipped roof contractor. Roofing professionals know what to look for while on your roof and have the necessary equipment to ensure their safety. Untrained homeowners should never access their roofs. Walking on your roof poses risks to both you and your roof. Falling from your roof can result in a severe, life-changing injury, and you could fall through the roof if it has unseen damage. Walking on your roof could worsen any damage that already exists or inflict damage where none had been present before your rooftop inspection.
However, paying close attention to your roof’s condition between professional roof inspections is a good idea. Homeowners can safely perform visual checks from the ground and report any concerns to their roof company for immediate attention. This is especially important after high winds or severe storms have recently occurred. Walk around the house and look closely at all areas of the roof that are visible from the ground. Use a pair of binoculars to enhance your view.
Check shingles, flashing, and trim for damage or missing pieces. Look for accumulations of shingle granules on the ground near gutter downspouts. Significant accumulations of shingle granules could indicate that your shingles need to be replaced. Schedule a gutter cleaning if it has been more than six months since the gutters were last cleaned. If you have large trees near your home, this is especially important. It may also be time to have your trees trimmed if they hang over your roof.
Remember, only a professional roofer can perform a thorough inspection of your entire roof system. In addition to checking all exterior components of your roof, a professional roofer will inspect your attic for signs of water infiltration as well as any structural damage. Your attic will also be inspected for the presence of mold or mildew and adequate insulation and ventilation
Contact Alpha for the Superior Roofing Austin Homeowners Require
We are an award-winning, highly respected residential and commercial roof contractor serving most of Central Texas. Our services include the installation of metal roofs, asphalt shingles, skylights, and flashing. We also offer chimney repairs, debris and moss removal, roof repairs, free damage inspections, and maintenance programs that include scheduled inspections, damage inspections, and roof repairs. Our reputation is exemplary, our customer service is extraordinary, and our rates are highly competitive. For a free quote on any Austin residential roofing need, call 512-777-1086 or fill out the online form.