The roof is obviously one of the most important parts of any building. Not only does it work to keep out rain and snow, but it also functions to tie all of the exterior walls and underlying structure of the building together so that it is structurally sound. Having your roof inspected is absolutely essential for preventing issues and making sure your roof remains in good shape, and here are just some of the reasons why you should have your roof inspected every year.
Preventing Leaks and Water Damage
Annual roof inspections are essential for making sure the roof is in good shape and doesn’t have any damage or issues that could lead to it leaking. All roofs are designed to be completely watertight so that rain and snowmelt roll off the roof and can’t seep underneath the shingles or underlayment membrane. If any shingles are damaged or missing, water may be able to get under the shingles and soak into the wooden roof sheets. This can cause the wood to start to rot or warp, which can eventually leak to water leaking inside your attic.
A leaking roof can quickly result in serious water damage that could require expensive construction to repair. Roof leaks will also often lead to a serious mold infestation in the attic. Mold infestations are an extremely serious problem since they result in you constantly breathing in harmful mold spores. Mold is also extremely hard to get rid of and is usually not something you can ever do on your own effectively. As such, you could also be forced to pay even more for professional mold remediation.
Having your roof inspected every year is the easiest way to ensure it isn’t leaking and also doesn’t have any issues that could lead to a leak developing. In this way, annual roof inspections can potentially save you money by helping to avoid issues with water damage and mold.
Ensuring Structural Integrity
Annual roof inspections will help to ensure that your roof is structurally sound. Any time a roof is leaking, it can potentially also cause the wooden roof trusses to start to rot, crack or warp. This is why roofing contractors always inspect not just the roof outside the building, but also the underlying structure inside the home. If the roof trusses or the wooden roof sheets have serious damage, there is a risk of the roof collapsing and seriously damaging the entire underlying structure of your home. Should this happen, you’d likely end up having to spend tens of thousands to repair all of the damage and replace the entire roof.
Warranty and Insurance Considerations
Annual roof inspections are also important for warranty and insurance reasons. Most roofing materials come with a manufacturer’s warranty that will cover some of the costs of repairing or replacing the roof should it ever suffer damage. Asphalt shingles typically have a 25- or 30-year warranty, but some higher-quality shingles can have a 50-year or even “lifetime” warranty. What many people don’t understand is that roofing warranties don’t cover the full cost of replacing any damaged shingles during the warranty period. Instead, the warranty is pro-rated and only covers a percentage of the replacement costs, and this percentage is based on how many years of the warranty are remaining.
Let’s say that your shingles were installed 15 years ago and came with a 25-year warranty. If your roof is currently damaged, the warranty will cover a larger percentage of the cost of the replacement shingles if you have the roof inspected and then repaired now. If you wait a few years to have your roof inspected and the damage detected, you’ll end up having to pay more of the repair or replacement costs out of pocket since there will be fewer years left on the warranty.
Some roofing manufacturers will also only honor the warranty if your roof is professionally inspected every year. When filing a claim, you may be required to submit documentation proving that you had your roof inspected every year by a licensed roofing contractor. If you don’t have your roof professionally inspected every year, the manufacturer may refuse to honor the warranty and you could end up having to pay for the entire costs out of pocket. Replacing or repairing a roof can be extremely expensive, and having an annual inspection performed is the easiest way to ensure you don’t have to pay the entire costs yourself.
Homeowner’s insurance will normally cover the cost of repairing a roof if it suffers damage due to hail or extreme winds. However, your insurance generally won’t cover the roof if the damage is due to neglect. Having your roof inspected annually will ensure that it remains in good condition. As long as the roof is in good condition, your insurance should cover the costs to repair the roof if it does ever suffer major storm damage. If you neglect to have the roof inspected regularly and it starts to be in poor condition, you’ll again likely have to pay to repair all of the damage or replace the roof on your own.
Why Professional Roof Inspections Are a Must
Whenever your roof needs inspected, it is important that you hire a professional roofing company. Inspecting a roof is a dangerous task since the only way to do it properly is to climb up on the roof and walk around it to check for any signs of damage. Climbing on a roof should only ever be done while wearing an appropriate safety harness to eliminate the risk of falling off the roof. If you were to climb on your roof without wearing a harness and fall off, you could easily suffer a serious or even fatal injury. This is one reason why roof inspections and any other roofing work should always be left to a professional.
Another reason is that most people simply don’t have the knowledge and experience necessary to know if the roof needs repairs or to be replaced. Missing or broken shingles are easy to spot, but things like hail damage can often only be spotted by a trained eye. If your roof is old and in poor shape, there could also be underlying damage that you won’t be able to see. If you were to climb on the roof and the wooden roof sheets were damaged, you could possibly fall through and again suffer serious injury or death.
Expert Roofing Services
Grandmark Service Company specializes in a full range of professional roofing services. We are proud to be your top choice for annual roofing inspections, and we also offer professional roof repairs, installation and replacement services. Our team works on both residential and commercial roofs as well as gutters and downspouts. We also specialize in residential and commercial HVAC services including cooling and heating repairs, installation and maintenance as well as indoor air quality, and we can also help if you’re looking to upgrade your building with a solar power system. We have locations in Sacramento, Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield so contact us today for all of your roofing, HVAC and solar energy needs.