Getting a roof replacement can be a big investment for homeowners. And while many insurance companies will help foot some of the cost, they also require a roof inspection. Here are few things you need to know about roof inspections.

What Is A Roof Inspection?

A roof inspection is usually done for homeowners when they are looking to replace or repair their roof. The roof inspectors will determine the integrity of the roof, including how long the current roof will last and when the homeowner might need to replace it. Many homeowners will get their roofs inspected in the fall or just before the colder and wetter months of the year, to make sure that their roof will protect the home in the months to come.

When To Have Your Roof Inspected

The age of your roof can play a big factor into when you will need a full roof inspection. Roofs typically last about fifteen years, but bad weather and many other factors can go into you needing a new roof early. If your roof is getting older or you have experienced some really bad weather recently and are worried about your roof, it might be time to consult a roof inspector. 

Another big reason to get your roof inspected is to avoid leaky roofs. You can also monitor for this issue on your own. Some key signs your roof is leaky are:

  • Dark and/or wet spots on the ceiling
  • Peeling paint either inside or outside your home
  • Water stains on the pipes of your water heater or furnace
  • Damp spots on the ledge or surrounding the fireplace

See More: Unexpected Dangers of a Leaky Roof

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Roof Inspection Checklist

Inspecting your roof should be a yearly endeavor, but that doesn’t mean you have to hire a professional every time. With a few simple visual checks, you can determine whether you need to consult a professional or not. Here are some things to look for:

  • Buckling or curled shingles
  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Rust spots or cracked caulk
  • Moss and lichen growth

If you are noticing any of the above issues on your roof then it might be time to get a professional roof inspector and even consider repairs or replacement.

How Often Should You Get Your Roof Replaced?

A good rule of thumb is to look for the warning signs and/or if your roof is over fifteen years old. Most roofs can last about fifteen years, but if your roof experiences unexpected damage from bad weather conditions, like hurricanes, then at the very least you may need your roof repaired if not a full replacement.

Related: 7 Signs You Need A New Roof

A roof inspection may feel like a tedious thing to have to deal with, but it could help you out in the long run, especially if it’s a requirement by your home owner’s insurance. If you are looking to have you roof inspected in the near future, visit us at our next home show to meet with some of the local experts in your area.