The roof is the one area of a house that is constantly exposed to weather conditions. Throughout its lifetime, it is bound to experience some wear and tear. Knowing what to look for and how to inspect it thoroughly could help save you money on future repairs or replacement.
When to Inspect?
Most homeowners will inspect their roofs annually or leave it without inspection for long periods of time. Taking a few minutes of your day, just a few times a year, can make all the difference in increasing the life of your roof. The best times to inspect your roof are during the fall, after the winter, and after storms with harsh winds.
Types of Roofs & What to Look For
- Asphalt – Weather conditions such as snow and hail can damage the protective coating on asphalt shingles. Once the protective coating is worn out, the shingle will begin to absorb moisture and its shape will warp. Shingles that warp will begin to curl and pieces may break off. If you notice that your gutter is filled with gravel-like pieces, it may be time to replace your roof.
- Wooden – Shakes and shingles, made from materials such as cedar, can become damaged by rotting or warping. Any piece of wood that is exposed to dry rot should be replaced. If more than a third of the roof is beginning to rot or warp then it should be fully replaced. Stay off of the roof during inspection because it is not safe to walk on a wooden roof.
- Metal – While this may not be the most popular choice of roofing material, it does have one of the longest lifespans. Metal roofs made from iron, steel, aluminum, and copper can have a lifespan of about 50 years, but can easily rust, corrode, and pit if not maintained. Look for possible holes, rust, and opened up seams throughout the roof.
- Slate & Clay – Of all roofing materials, slate and clay roofing can last the longest. If it is properly maintained and repairs are made when needed, these roofs can last over 50 years. Even though these shingles can last a long time, they are easily broken by debris or hail. Just like a wooden roof, do not attempt to walk on a slate or clay roof. Instead, use binoculars or stay on the ladder while inspecting.
Inspecting your roof can help you notice any repairs it may need. Not knowing that your roof needs repairs can decrease the life of your roof with each passing day. If you notice that your roof needs repair, replacement, or you would like a professional to inspect it for you, call the experts at Preferred Exterior. With over 40 years’ experience, our work is of the highest quality available. To schedule a free estimate or consultation, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.