How often should roofs be inspected?

by | Oct 13, 2015 | Roofing

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When thinking about safety, security and shelter, people often refer to having “a roof over your head”. They do that for a reason – having a roof is what keeps us dry in wet weather, prevents us from freezing through an icy blizzard, deflects the harmful rays of the sun, and just generally protects us from unwanted elements and animals. In fact, seeking shelter is a natural human impulse. Whenever we’re outside and caught in the elements, we search for a spreading tree, an overhanging rock, for anything that we can cower under. When a roof is leaking or when there are gaps that allow for an alarming pitter of animal feet in a ceiling or loft, suddenly the importance of having a good roof in proper working condition is brought into sharp focus.

The truth is that a roof has a life-span. Constant exposure to sun, snow and rain can reduce that life-span and age the roof, just as being exposed to the elements takes its toll on the human skin. Every roof has a membrane and wear and tear can reduce the service life of a roof.

Investing in your roof

Ironically, given its importance to a home, it’s surprising how many people resist spending money on a roof and try to eke out its life for just another year. It’s a false economy as many a roofer will tell you. Every roof needs a regular inspection and prompt repairs will actually save you money in the long-run. It’s the old adage of ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ – fix your roof timeously and the inconvenience and added cost of roof failure won’t need to be part of your budget. Studies have actually shown that, without proper maintenance, many roofs last for only about half of their predicted life-span. If you’re thinking that you have a warranty that will cover repairs, you should check the fine print. Most companies will pay out for maintenance only if you can produce evidence that regular inspections have taken place.

Roofers in Aurora: What are their recommendations?

Different roofs are needed in different parts of the country because of the various conditions. In Aurora, there are extremes of heat and cold, so many roofers in Aurora will actually recommend a bi-annual inspection. Others, however, would recommend a check-up at least once a year. It’s also important to take note that a roofer is a professional who specializes in roof design and construction. While the homeowner might think that popping up a ladder and giving the roof a once-over visual check might suffice, any roofer will tell you that this is insufficient. Among other aspects, a roofer will check the membrane for tears and installation; monitor any pools of water that may have gathered; check the flashing and ensure that expansion joints are in good condition and are not cracked at the end.

For a professional roofer in Aurora and advice, contact Showalter Roofing Services in Illinois. They can get the job done on budget and on time.

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