Inspection of your home exterior after the snow melts and the spring flowers begin to poke out of the ground, helps you to realize it’s time to spruce up. One thing that should top your list is making sure that your roof is in excellent shape. After all, it’s worked hard all winter keeping you and your family safe, warm, and dry.
You can give your roof a visual once-over from the ground to make sure there are no apparent signs of damage. We never recommend that you go up top to inspect since you can hurt yourself or your shingles when you try to do it yourself. Trust us, it happens.
We’ll talk about what to look for from the ground in a minute. But, the first thing we’d like to recommend is that you take advantage of your roofing professional’s offer to provide a free roof inspection.
You are right to be skeptical about getting something for nothing but rest assured. Reputable roofing companies mean it when they say they’ll do the inspection for free. They have good business reasons for making the offer: it provides a valuable service to their customers, and it brings in business the honest way—by getting to know them.
In most cases, you are under no obligation to use their services even though they’ve done the inspection. Best of all, they know what to look for and can spot symptoms of significant problems that you may not even be aware of.
Before You Schedule
Before you call to schedule, take a look for yourself. Here are a few things you should take note of:
Exceptionally light or dark spots on your shingles
Hail damage to shingles
Water stains on the ceilings or walls
Standing water in the gutters
Water stains around skylights (How old are your skylights? Those may need to be replaced as well!)
Rotting wood around the fascia and soffit (The edges and overhang of your roof)
The smell or presence of mold and/or mildew in your attic
Spots that appear on your ceiling, whether or not they are leaking or dripping water
Exceptionally high heating or air conditioning bills
Once you have taken a visual assessment from the ground, you can make a call to schedule an appointment.
After The Inspection
When they do their detailed inspection, you get a comprehensive write-up of things that need immediate attention and what you can do later in the year. Since you’ve already done a visual inspection on your own, you’ll have a handle on what to expect.
It’s always a good idea to schedule your free inspection early in the spring. If the harsh winter has done damage to your roof, you risk additional problems as unpredictable spring and summer storms blow in. If you do need work, you’ll be able to get it done at your convenience before the local contractors get booked up for the season.
If you don’t know which roofer to call, ask around for referrals, consult the Better Business Bureau, and read reviews. And if you are considering replacing your shingles this year, consider the new F-Wave REVIA™ premium synthetic roofing shingle and get more out of your roofing investment.
Contact us today to help make your house hail resistant! We specialize in exterior storm damage restoration and new construction Including roofing, gutters, and more! The point is, you want to protect what is likely your most significant investment—your home. When it comes to your roof, catching small problems before they turn in to much more costly issues is always the best way to go.
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