Your roof is constantly working to keep your home safe from the elements, but that doesn’t mean it is not susceptible to damage. Depending on materials, weather conditions and age, the number of times you should inspect your roof may vary. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends at least two self-checks per year, but that number can change based on accumulated damage.
What Should I Be Looking For When Checking My Roof?
There are many components that make up your roof. While your shingles or tiles may show the most visible damage, you also need to examine the rafters, underlayment, and sheathing that hold your roof together. The lower layers of your roof are the parts quickest to deteriorate, and the parts most difficult for you to check on your own. Gutters will also wear over time and require routine checks.
Damage is the most likely to be evident after storms. Water stains may appear on your roof after a snowfall or heavy rain, and daylight may be visible in your attic or crawl space. Depending on the type of shingles or tile you have installed, granules may appear in your gutters and drainage. If there is visible sagging or dry rot, your roof should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
How often your roof is inspected by a professional depends on any visible damage and the materials used. Wood, composite or asphalt roofs should be examined by a professional at least once every three years, and a tile roof should be inspected at least every five. However, if there are signs of damage in your home, you should have your roof evaluated by a professional to ensure your loved ones’ safety. Regular inspections, by both yourself and a professional, can extend the lifespan of your roof to its full potential.
Professional Roof Inspections in Massachusetts
If you are in need of a roof inspection or want to make sure everything is in good condition going into winter, contact Nor’easter Roofing today! Our certified team of contractors will go to your home and perform a comprehensive roof inspection, providing you with a free estimate for recommended services, including repairs or replacement. We can be reached at 508-667-3278 or by filling out our online contact form.