Your Quick Guide to Basic Roof Inspections

The roof on your property is the first line of defense against the harsh elements of nature. Despite this fact, it’sRoof Inspections easy to overlook its importance—until a major issue occurs. That’s where a routine roof inspection comes in. You can perform regular ones each year and get a more in-depth check up from a Tampa roof repair company. A professional can identify areas of damage, repair problems, and prevent more expensive issues from occurring in the future.

The Importance of Regular Roof Inspections

Your home’s roof protects your family and belongings from strong gusts of wind, searing heat, and cold draughts. It also shields your house from moisture—which can lead to even more hazards.

For instance, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that moisture makes your home a fertile ground for biological pollutants such as animal dander, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, and pollen. It’s why the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises homeowners to be on alert when they start to spot mold.

According to the EPA’s article A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: “Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).” The good news? A thorough roof inspection can do a lot to spare your home and family from excessive moisture.

Basic Roof Inspections Tips

Inspecting your roof helps you find issues before they escalate into costly damage and repair work. While it might seem like a hassle in the short-term, over time it can save you significantly in both dollars and headaches. To help you get started, here are a few signs of roof damage to look for during a basic roof inspection:

  • Walk around and check for any possible indications of damage to your roof, such as sagging of the ceiling and mold stains.
  • Look for buildup of moss, algae, or leaves. This kind of accumulation can cause leaks and other water damage since it redirects moisture elsewhere.
  • Check for broken or missing shingles. If you find any, don’t attempt to glue the missing pieces; instead work with a roof repair company to handle the damage.
  • Check the flashings. Flashings protect against water intrusion, which is one of the primary causes of indoor moisture buildup.
  • Don’t forget to check the seals around the chimneys, skylights, and roof windows.
  • Also, be sure to check the attic since mold and mildew grow through leaks.

Beyond DIY: Get a Professional Roof Inspection Too

While routinely inspecting your roof on your own is a great first step, it’s important to bring in an expert in roof repair in Tampa every so often to perform a professional inspection. At Arry’s Roofing, our analysis and assessment of your roof will be more in depth and performed by expert technicians who know how to find and fix less-than-obvious roofing problems. We also have the right tools and knowledge to provide long-lasting, top-quality repairs you can trust.

If you have additional questions about the importance of regular roof inspections, below are a few answers to common ones we get from customers:

How Often Should I Get My Roof Inspected?

It depends on different factors like the age of your roof and whether there’s been storm damage to your roof. If your roof is less than five years old, you likely don’t need an inspection unless there are signs of a problem.

If, however, your roof is older than that, the general rule of thumb is to have a roofing company check it professionally every two years. You should perform your own basic roof inspection every spring and fall, so you can spot problems that need attention. Also, if there’s been a major weather event, it’s important to inspect your roof soon after.

What Does Your Roofing Inspection Process Include?

During our professional roof inspection, we check multiple points on your roof to ensure all roofing and related materials are intact. This includes:

  • The surface materials, looking for signs of cracks, splits, curling, corrosion, and water damage, or moss and algae buildup
  • The more vulnerable areas of your roof, like the roof frames, as well as the areas around skylights, chimneys, and vent pipes
  • The decking, fascia and soffits, gutters, and metal flashing, looking for signs of a potential leak

Are You a Licensed and Insured Roofing Company?

Yes, our roofing company is fully licensed in the State of Florida and insured, including with liability and Workers’ Compensation coverage. You can breathe easy that when you hire us to handle your roof inspection, repairs, or a replacement, we have the proper policies and documents in place to protect your residential or commercial property in the Tampa area.

We also belong to the National Roofers Contractors Association, Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Pinellas County Contractors Association, and the Metal Roofing Alliance.

Find Out More About Our Roof Inspection Services

If you’re ready to ditch the DIY way of inspecting your roof and get expert help from the Bay Area’s premier roofing professionals, turn to Arry’s Roofing for an inspection—and the peace of mind that comes with it. Contact our roofing specialists today to get started and experience first-hand the difference of working with a roofing contractor that is 100% committed to your satisfaction.