For the vast majority of people in Calgary, routine inspections and maintenance activities can be a part of any particular day. Furnace cleanings, air conditioner tune-ups, lawn and garden care, and systematic vehicle servicing are all fundamental responsibilities in owning and maintaining personal property and assets.
Why then would a task as critically important to personal and property safety as a roof inspection often fall by the wayside?
Perhaps it is due to the fact that the roof is out-of-sight and therefore out-of-mind when it comes to home maintenance? Or maybe it is a casualty of the of ‘leave well enough alone’ mentality – if there is no apparent problem, why worry about it?
In truth, there is ample reason to be concerned; in the same manner that preventative maintenance of a furnace or air conditioner, or one’s teeth for that matter, is intended to avert major problems in the longer term, regular roof inspections can identify potential causes for concern before it is too late. Essentially, proactive roof maintenance can help homeowners save money by avoiding unnecessary roof repair bills and prolonging the overall life of their roof.
There are in fact several factors that can influence the need for diligence with respect to performing regular roof inspections:
- Age of the roof
- Weather damage
- Normal wear-and-tear
- Improper roof installation
- Shifts in the building frame
- Shifts in the building foundation
Detecting any signs of existing or potential roof damage is of paramount importance to protecting one’s family and assets. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that regular roof inspections be conducted on a semi-annual basis, in the spring and again in the fall, with consideration of additional inspections after severe rain/wind storms in the summer.
These inspections can be performed by homeowners themselves or by an experienced roofing contractor such as The Roof Hospital Exteriors.
Minimize Potential Roof Repair Costs through Semi-Annual Roof Inspections
Should homeowners decide to perform their own roof inspections, the most immediate area of concern would be their personal safety when climbing a ladder and walking about the roof of their home.
With the safety factor firmly established, those choosing to proceed with self-inspections of their roof should look for/identify the following signs of damage or possible concern:
- Shingles that are chipped, buckled, curled, or missing altogether
- Exposed or protruding nails on the surface of the roof/shingles
- Flashing that may be bent, loose, separated, or exhibiting signs of rust
- Dried, cracked, separated, or missing caulking around flashing, skylights
- Worn or cracked boots (rubber fittings) around the base of pipe vents
- Areas that appear dark or wet (indicative of moss or fungus growth)
- Downspouts and/or gutters that have become loose or detached
- Dark stains or patches of peeling paint on ceilings inside the home
- Moist or wet insulation or signs of condensation in the attic
If any of the above situations are suspected or observed, homeowners should act quickly to contact a roof repair provider, like The Roof Hospital Exteriors, to confirm and/or rectify the matter before conditions worsen and more significant costs are incurred.
Additionally, for homeowners who may be uncertain about conducting an adequate roof inspection or those who prefer to have a trained expert access and move about their roof, The Roof Hospital Exteriors can perform semi-annual roof inspections on their behalf. Should an issue be identified, The Roof Hospital Exteriors can in turn recommend the best solution/course of action and complete any roof repair work quickly and efficiently.
To assess the condition of your roof prior to the summer months, call the experienced roofing specialists from The Roof Hospital Exteriors at 403-457-3330 to book your roof inspection as soon as possible.