Roofs can often be compared to tires. They are forgotten about until a problem occurs and only replace32330d when absolutely necessary. It is possible to extend the life of tires if we think about them and keep them maintained. To extend the life of a roof, it is important to give it the right maintenance, which includes regular roof inspection.
Regular inspections are key to prolonging roof life. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that roofs be inspected twice a year. One after severe weather and one after warm weather. It’s a good idea, however, to inspect your roof after any major weather event.
Benefits of a Roof Inspection
Here are ten tips or the ten most frequent reasons to inspect your roofs at least once a year.
1. Weathering & Aging
Roofs that are multi-ply bituminous and have a low slope have a life expectancy of 20-30 years, while single-ply roofs last approximately 15-25 years. Roofs go through normal weathering and aging. Regular inspections are a good way to spot any weathered areas.
2. Damage During Routine Maintenance
HVAC contractors who are conducting maintenance on air conditioning units or other systems can cause damage to your roof if it isn’t properly protected. They sometimes leave refrigerant containers or fail to close the mechanical access panels on roofs. They are often not able to clean up debris, which could lead to roof damage
3. Storm Damage
Roofs can be damaged by hail, high winds, or other weather conditions. This could lead to insurance claims and repairs. To prevent roof leaks, roofs should be checked immediately for minor and major damage after weather events.
Regular roof inspections are a great way of keeping your roof in tip-top shape. A roof inspection can identify leaks, storm damage, drainage issues, and problems due to vegetation, among other things.
4. Leak Assessment
Most inspections are triggered by leaks that occur after heavy rain. A leak is only an indication of a problem that has been developing for some time. A leak can be a sign of a larger problem and could lead to mold, rotting wood, and wet insulation, and corrosion. An experienced roofer from Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration is required to perform a thorough leak inspection and diagnosis.
5. Proper Drainage
Roof slope and drainage are two of the most important characteristics for roof performance. Standing water on a roof can increase the risk of moisture infiltration and leakage. Regular roof inspections are necessary to ensure good drainage.
6. Vegetation Damage
If gutters or other low areas aren’t cleaned frequently, vegetation can grow on roofs. Birds nest on roofs. They also leave seeds that encourage the growth of plants. Because of the accumulation dirt, seeds and moisture, gutters are a great source of vegetation growth. Tree branches that are blown onto roofs by wind can also cause serious damage. Get in touch with an experienced roofer who can help.
Another problem with vegetation growth is, roots can penetrate the roof membrane and cause leakage. Myrtle Beach roofing can become severely damaged by roots from vegetation. An owner can alert you to potential problems before they become more serious.
7. Roof Cleaning
Regular roof inspections are a good way to highlight the importance of roof cleaning. The low-cost, easy task of cleaning up roof debris and trash is the best.
Many thieves break into buildings by entering through skylights and roof hatches that are not locked. Regular inspections can reveal security flaws and allow owners to decrease the risk of burglary or vandalism.
9. Warranty repairs
Owners often pay for repairs that are not covered by a manufacturer’s or contractor’s warranty. There are many reasons why a roof can leak. However, not all of these factors are covered by a warranty. An owner should inspect the roof for leaks to determine if a warranty or insurance claim can be filed.
10. Requirements for Improvements
Regular inspections reveal the need to make continuous improvements to homes or buildings, many of them affecting the roof. Many owners have begun to install lightning protection in older buildings due to the increasing use of electronic equipment, computers and security systems.
Inspecting your roof is inexpensive and you can get valuable information that could save you money on costly repairs. Call Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration now if you need help with your roofs.