Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Importance of a Roof Inspection

Roof Inspection: Why is it Necessary? - Trudel Roofing

Since your roof offers a line of defense for your home’s structure, it should be inspected regularly. Roof inspections, which should be offered by your local roofing contractor, are especially important if you live in location that tends to experience weather extremes, or after a particularly harsh season.
Spring inspections are critical because your roof can take quite a beating every winter, and addressing small problems now will surely extend the life of your roof and save you money you would have otherwise have to spend replacing your roofing structure.

What Causes My Roof to Deteriorate?

Your roof has many natural attackers, including:

Sun: Heat and UV rays can be destructive to roofing materials, causing them to break down over time.

Wind: High winds can pull shingles away from the roof’s underlayment, allowing dirt and water to collect between the layers. Over time, this debris and moisture can lead to structural deterioration.
Rain and Snow: Frequent moisture penetration can be detrimental to your roof’s structure, causing mildew, wood rot and even damage to insulation and electrical infrastructure. Ice dams can be especially damaging to the integrity of your roofing structure.

Lichen: Wood shakes and shingles make good homes for moss and algae. These organic materials discolour your roof and hold in excess water—which leads to wood rot and structural damage over time. In addition, fungus builds up in gutter systems, making it difficult to maintain proper drainage flow.

Trees: If your yard’s landscaping becomes overgrown, tree limbs and leaf buildup may become a problem. Long, heavy branches can puncture or scratch your roof, and leaves may block downspout systems.

When Should I Have My Roof Inspected?

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, your home’s roof should be inspected twice a year—once during fall months, and again in the late spring – to ensure optimal performance and lifespan.

Since your roof is the most weather-exposed part of your home, a thorough inspection should include an interior and exterior evaluation of the roof’s structure. Regular roof inspections include a look at interior walls, ceilings and fireplace flues, assessment of leaks or visible damage, evaluation of downspout/gutter systems and examination of roofing materials (shingles, shakes, tiles, etc.).

After inspecting your home from the inside and out, a qualified roofer can make recommendations about maintenance or replacement measures.

Schedule Your Trudel Roof Inspection Today!

If it’s been awhile since you had a roofing professional look over your home’s roof and gutter systems, contact Trudel and Sons Roofing for a comprehensive roof inspection. With 35+ years of experience, our roofing crews are highly skilled and factory trained. 

Whether your roof needs an inspection, a little patchwork or an overhaul, our insured and licensed professionals are trained to get the job done right—and our work is always guaranteed!

Call (905)642-3515 for your comprehensive inspection and estimate today!

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