When to Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

When to Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

When To Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

Every year the sun, wind, and rain add a little age and decay to your roof. Stronger storms that bring hard rain and driving wind can present damage to the roof. While a properly installed roof can withstand the elements, minor damage and decay can lead to more serious issues and need to be checked regularly to be sure no immediate maintenance is needed.

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your roof inspected twice per year. The recommendation is based on a goal to catch any significant issues before the damage is apparent or urgent. If you are able to self-inspect once per year, Harlan Roofing recommends a professional roof inspection once per year as well.

What is Involved in a Roof Inspection?

A professional inspection involves more than just a quick visual. The physical inspection consists of climbing onto the roof and examining all the roofing surfaces. With a visual inspection, the professional roofer is checking every component of the roof, including the structural support and the roofing material itself.

The structural inspection is looking for sagging ceiling, cracked or rotted trusses, missing or damaged shingles or tiles, and exterior walls that may be leaning. While on the roof, the inspector will also examine your fascia, soffit, and gutters. Any equipment that extends out of the roof, such as skylights, chimneys, and vents, are also checked. All the grout and seals around these areas are subject to leaks and are inspected for damage or decay.

Roof Material Inspection

Roofing shingles or tiles are also examined for damage. This may be broken shingles/tiles, missing shingles/tiles, or decay. The shingles or tiles are checked for rust stains, moss growth, and water damage. The inspection should also include the flashing underneath as it may be subject to leaks and cracks.

Why You Should Consider a Professional Roof Inspection

Roofing materials come with a variety of warranties depending on the grade of shingle or type of tile chosen. You may have purchased your home recently and the date of installation or the specifics of the roofing materials used are unavailable. Getting a professional on your roof to make an assessment is a wise choice and can give you piece of mind or at least a heads up as to when a replacement may be needed.

In addition, a roof inspection will be accompanied by a report of all the inspectors finding as well as an estimate to repair any problems discovered. Having all the information about the health of your roof can help you plan financially for the eventual replacement of the roof if your roofing company finds that the roof is failing in too many places.

If you are looking for a quality roofing company with a trusted reputation in the greater Sacramento area, consider Harlan Quality Roofing. For over 15 years, Harlan Roofing has been providing superior service, products, and workmanship. Call us today to get scheduled for your roof inspection.

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916.292.9548

How Do Roof Inspections Save You Money?

How Do Roof Inspections Save You Money?

Your roof is designed to last for many years, depending upon the quality of materials used, the workmanship, and the care and maintenance it receives. However, it is valuable to schedule regular inspections to ensure your roof is healthy, in good working order, and any that minor issues are addressed early before they become a costly repair.

Wear & Tear

While roofing systems do last for many years, wear and tear over time can take a toll on its health and integrity. Each day when the hot Sacramento sun beats down on your roof, drying out the oils, which causes thermal cracking and deteriorates the material under the exposure of the UV rays. In the summer, the heat accelerates this process. We see these effects regularly as our outdoor patio furniture looks a little older, a little faded, a bit more brittle each season. Rapid UV Deterioration (RUD) is common in the Sacramento Valley and especially the older your roof becomes.

The Main Culprits

The major factors that influence the wear and tear on your roof and ultimately its lifespan is largely Mother Nature’s doing:

  1. Sunlight – As mentioned, exposure to sunlight and UV rays causes the roof to age. Exposure to solar heat and light is unavoidable and some roofs have more exposure than others. The latest technology in roofing materials (cool roofs and roofs with reflective properties) has greatly improved the resistance to premature aging from sunlight. West and south facing roofs tend to age faster as they are exposed to more sunlight due to their orientation.
  2. Rain – We all know that heavy rainfall can cause major erosion in soil and even stone. It also causes erosion of your roofing surface. Quality asphalt shingles are manufactured with this in mind to minimize degranulation. However, over time the roofing does wear down with exposure.
  3. Wind – High winds are one of the most common causes of roofing wear and leaks. Winds can lift the edges of your shingles, ridge trip or flashing and expose underlying layers to water damage. If the winter season has shared an unusual amount of rain and high winds, a roof inspection is a good choice.
  4. Trees – The shade offered by the trees in your yard is a relief on those hot California summer days. The trees can shade your house and roof, keeping both a little cooler than if in direct sunlight. However, those same trees can damage your roof, cause degranulation, and debris can damage the valleys and other flashings. Keeping them trimmed back can save you from tree related damage over time.

Get a Check-Up

Your roof is a significant investment and an important protection for you and the contents of your home. You wouldn’t go for years without having your car checked and maintained. Do the same for your roof. It could save you a lot of money in unexpected repairs or premature aging and replacement.

Harlan Quality Roofing

For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!

916.292.9548