A roof is an important but frequently forgotten part of a home. Too often, homeowners don’t have their roof inspected with enough frequency – or at all – and then find their belongings ruined by a leaky roof. It’s essential to remember that, while leaks may spring up suddenly, most of them can be avoided if you have your roof regularly inspected by a licensed and accredited roofing contractor.
It’s also important to remember that, by the time you see a leak in your home, your roof is likely to be seriously damaged. By the time an indoor stain appears, roof decking, insulation and sheet rock are probably going to be saturated with water. This is a costly repair, as you can imagine.
You may be asking yourself, “How often do I need to have my roof inspected?” Typically, homeowners are advised to have their roofs inspected twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. You can either do these inspections yourself or call a roofing contractor to do them for you. This inspection schedule is designed to spot damage in the aftermath of a winter and in preparation for one, however. And while it’s okay to inspect your roof in fall and winter, we in South Florida operate under a different roof inspection schedule. After all, we don’t have to contend with fierce winters.
Experienced roofing contractors recommend that you have a roof inspection before the beginning of the tropical storm season. You need to be certain your roof can stand up to the worst the Atlantic has to offer. They also advise you to have your roof inspected after each significant tropical storm or hurricane. That way you can be sure that your roof has survived undamaged and is ready for the next storm.
By having your roof regularly inspected and maintained you can extend its life and save yourself the cost of replacing it. According to experienced roofing contractors, an asphalt shingle roof can be expected to last between 12 and 16 years in South Florida’s climate; tile roofing can last between 20 and 30 years and metal roofing can last between 20 and 50 years. If you want your roof to be on the high end of any of these estimates, you should have it regularly inspected by a licensed roofing contractor.