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Written by LegacyUSA Team
posted on Oct 29, 2019
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Winter is quickly approaching, which means that you’ll want to get your home in tiptop shape before the first snowfall hits. After all, no one wants a leaky roof while there’s snow outside! (Or any other time of year for that matter.) Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure your home’s exterior is ready to face the elements. Is your house ready for the cold season?
You can find out if your roof is sound by scheduling an inspection with a professional. If you want to inspect it yourself first, we’re going to cover the steps you need to take to make sure you’re covering everything. Continue reading this blog to learn all you need to know about roof inspections.
It’s easy to put the health of your roof at the back of your mind until something happens to it, but that’s not the best idea. One of the most common causes of water damage in the home comes from a leaky roof. This water damage can lead to problems like damaged insulation, the growth of mold, and structural issues. To help prevent that, you should have an inspection done twice a year and also after severe storms. The good news is that you don’t need to hire a professional every time because you can do it yourself with our roof inspection checklist.
Your roof tends to take a beating throughout the year, whether it’s from the harsh winds during the spring, the hot sun during the summer, or the rain and snow during the fall and winter. Harsh weather can cause damage to your roof, even if it’s just a little leak. But as you know, little leaks can lead to worse damage, which is why regular inspections can save you money in the long run. One of the most important times of the year to have your roof checked is in the fall before winter fully sets in.
Although you should have a professional inspection done regularly, you can also perform one yourself that’s simple, quick, and cost-efficient. Of course, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, take note of it and let your local roofer know, so they can take the necessary steps to fix it before it starts causing larger issues. Here’s how to inspect your roof in seven steps:
Once you complete your inspection, review what you’ve found. If there are any areas that need attention, contact your local roofing company as soon as possible, so they can address the issue before it gets any bigger. Remember that you can always contact our team here at Legacy Service.
How long your inspection takes will depend on how old your roof is and how thoroughly you check everything. Even if you give your roof a quick once-over every few months, you should also schedule an inspection with a professional who will be able to detect problems that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. For example, you’ll be able to spot obvious problems, like missing shingles, but it will probably be tougher for you to see if something like the texture of the shingles is still in good condition.
If a professional is inspecting your roof, you can expect it to take between 45 minutes and several hours. This thorough examination will determine the health and integrity of your roof. The inspector will climb up on the roof and look at the surfacing material as well as inspect the chimneys, gutters, dormers, and flashing points. They’ll also inspect parts of the inside of the house, including the eaves, fasteners, interior chimney surfaces, roof braces, and support materials. Then, they’ll recommend any repairs that are necessary.
Depending on the type of roof and size of your home, a roof inspection can cost anywhere from $150 to $500. But no matter what the cost of your inspection ends up being, it will cost much less than if you left your roof alone and allowed little problems that could’ve easily been fixed become much larger.
Most professionals recommend getting your roof inspected twice a year, ideally in the fall and spring. A fall inspection helps ensure the pressure of rain, snow, and ice won’t cause small problems to turn into larger ones, and a spring inspection will help determine if you’ve suffered any damage during the winter that could worsen with heavy spring rainstorms.
Whether you’re quickly checking the roof yourself or you’ve hired a professional to inspect it, certain areas should be examined every time. Our recommended roofing inspection checklist includes looking out for:
If you notice any of these during the inspection, contact your local roofing company, like our team at Legacy Service, to get it replaced.
We suggest getting your inspection done before the bitter cold has time to settle in, and fall is the perfect time of the year for it. Once it begins to snow, not only is it more difficult to complete inspections and repairs but if your roof is not fully sound throughout the winter, snow and harsh winds may even cause further damage.
Here at Legacy Service, we’re available for all of your roofing needs. Although we do not perform full inspections, we can recommend someone who will, and if you need installation or replacement services, you can always contact our team at Legacy. We provide roof installation and roof replacement whether you have or would like to have asphalt shingles, metal roofing, synthetic slate, cedar, and copper. We also provide installation and replacement for siding, windows, and doors.
Contact our team at Legacy Service by calling 215-798-9790 or filling out a contact form here. We’re here to make sure you’re fully satisfied with your home’s exterior and that it’s in outstanding shape.
Posted on Oct 29, 2019 in Roof
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