Why You Should Do An Annual Roof Inspection

by HGExpo.com on 04/06/2015 - 11:51 am

Categories: Building & Remodeling, Home Exteriors, Windows & Doors

By Lee Franciscus

Owner, Franciscus Roofing

When people count their blessings, having a roof over their heads is typically at the top of the list. But do you give your roof the care and attention it deserves?

To make sure you get the full life out of your roof—the average lifespan of an asphalt roof is about 15 years—preventive maintenance is key. It’s generally recommended for homeowners to inspect their roof about once a year, or in the aftermath of high winds or storms.

If water gets into the home through a damaged area, the cost of fixing a roof skyrockets. Why not make a seasonal habit and just put it on the calendar, maybe on the first day of summer, as a great way to head off expensive problems?

Walk slowly around the perimeter of your home with a notebook and pen. You don’t need to climb on a ladder or actually walk on your roof.

Here’s what you should look for:

  1. What kind of shape are the shingles in? Are any cracked, buckling, blistering, torn, or missing altogether?
  2. Is there any noticeable damage to the gutters, vent pipes, chimneys, or skylights?
  3. Do you see any evidence of moss or lichen, which could be harmful to the roof?
  4. On the interior of your home, have you noticed any dark or wet spots on the ceilings or walls?

If you identify a problem, bring in a roofing professional to fix it properly. It’s a good idea to interview at least two roofing companies before you get any repair work done.

Lastly, homeowners should be suspicious of roofing contractors who knock on their doors and say they noticed damage on the roof. Following storms, these fly-by-night companies from other states descend on an area, do the work, then leave and never come back. They are usually not bonded or even insured.

Franciscus Roofing is one of Cleveland’s largest residential roofing businesses. Headquartered at 959 Bassett Road in Westlake, call for a free estimate, 440-536-9777.