The Importance of Roof Inspections
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the importance of roof inspections

Your roof is your first line of defence against the elements, and therefore it is extremely important that you maintain and monitor its health over time. A professional roof inspection is a great way to ensure your roof continues to protect your building for many years to come.

Having your roof inspected is an essential part of your overall building maintenance that enables you to stay on top of any current problems, and to help identify small issues before they become big issues, including preventing roof leaks where extensive resultant damage can be caused.

 

After all, your roof is just like any other part of a building, it needs to be maintained in order for it to remain in good condition.

Why do you need regular roof inspections?

1. If you catch a problem early it often means only needing to undertake minor repairs, but if you leave it too late then you could end up with a much bigger and more expensive roof repair.


2. A roof that hasn’t been maintained may leak and cause damage to the contents of your home.


3. If you have neglected your roof, your insurance coverage for resultant damage may be compromised and subsequent water damage claims may increase insurance premiums and excesses.

 

What does a roof inspection include?

An inspection should check all parts of your roof and the inspector will be on the lookout for:


• Potential water entry points
• Cracks
• Rust
• Unusual wear and tear
• Weather damage
• Mould
• Problems stemming from how it was initially installed
• Damage to vents or gutters
• Installations added (e.g., air conditioners)

How regularly do you need this done?

It is generally recommended by roofing contractors that a professional roof inspection is undertaken at least once a year. The best time to get your roof inspected is in the spring and summer months, before the wet weather sets in.
Even if your roof has no visible issues, it is a good idea to have it inspected regularly for any hidden problems.

 

No roof lasts forever but the more attention you give it, the longer it will serve you. If in doubt, seek advice from a specialist and they will be able to point you in the right direction.