Your roof plays a critical role in your home’s protection, comfort and beauty. Fortunately, it won’t take much effort to improve your roof if it’s already in good condition. A roof that is seemingly in good shape will only require an inspection. Should minor damage be discovered during the inspection, repairs will be needed as soon as possible.
When to Inspect Your Roof?
Ideally, you should schedule semi-annual inspections of your roof. Such inspections should include checking for any obvious signs of damage, including but not limited to the following:
- Loose or missing shingles
- Water stains on the ceiling, attic or walls
- Loose or missing flashing
- Loose or detached gutters
- Shingle granules in the gutters
You should also perform a roof inspection after any major weather event. Strong winds, hail and heavy snow can damage your roof. You need to have your roof professionally inspected after a storm to detect and address problems before they worsen and cause more headaches for you.
Roof Replacement: Benefits and Considerations
If an inspection reveals significant damage, a roof replacement may prove to be the most practical solution. It may cost more upfront, but a replacement project brings a number of benefits, such as:
- Improved Aesthetics: A new roof will give your exterior a makeover and boost your home’s curb appeal.
- Enhanced Energy Efficiency: Today’s roofing materials are designed to prevent passive heating by keeping excessive heat from the sun from being absorbed into the home. This helps maintain a comfortable indoor climate without over-burdening your HVAC system The less energy your HVAC system consumes, the lower your energy bills will be.
- Increased Home Value: Replacing your roof adds beauty, protection and functionality to your home, thus improving the overall value of your home and making it more appealing to potential buyers should you ever decide to sell.
Quick Tip: To make the most of what roof inspections, repairs and replacement can offer, make sure you work with a reliable roofing contractor in your area.
In the next post, we’ll take a look at another part of the home you should focus on: gutters. Stay tuned!