You should have your roof inspected every 3 to 5 years depending on the roofing material used. Asphalt shingles should be inspected every three years while stronger materials such as tile or metal can wait to be inspected up to 5 years. The longevity of your roof can be from 15 years to 50 years or more. Repairing small problems now will ensure your roof will reach or exceed its expected life span.
Have your roof inspected after severe weather events. It’s a no brainer to be concerned about your roof after a hurricane or tornado but even a small storm can cause damage. Large or small hail can create cracks that will allow moisture in over time; causing leaks, mold growth, or rot the wood underneath. Strong winds alone can rip off shingles or tiles.
If your roof has damage due to storms, trees, wind, hail, or fire; call your homeowners insurance company and file a claim. It’s best to file a claim before having any repairs done. Depending on the amount of damage, age of the roof, and your coverage; your insurance company might find it better to replace the whole roof than repair it.
- Buying or Selling Property
The condition of your roof affects the value of the property you’re buying or selling. You don’t want to buy a new house and then realize you have to install a new roof as well. An inspection will put the buyer and seller’s mind at ease if they know the condition of the roof, any maintenance or repairs that need to be done, and its life expectancy.