How often do you consider the roof over your head, literally? Think for a moment, the daily battering your roof goes through throughout the year. Exposure to the sun, snow, rain, hail, Christmas decorations and other wear and tear slowly ages the roof membrane until its service life ends. Since most of us are unsure of that exact date, a few annual checkups can go a long way in saving you costs on major, avoidable repairs.
Studies show that a roof that is not frequently maintained reduces its service life by half. It's better to spend a smaller amount of money on minor repairs that will keep your roof in good working order, than sitting idly by.
But, you say, "What about my warranty? Isn’t that what it’s for?" Don't be so quick to assume that a warranty will do the trick. Most roofing material manufacturers have a clause in their warranty that specifically states that the warranty is void if the roof is not maintained. If you fail to show that you have regularly maintained your roof, you will not have a case when you try to file your claim.
That being said, how often should you inspect your roof? Any experienced facility manager will tell you that a roof should be inspected a minimum of twice a year. The problem is that many homeowners wouldn’t even know what to look for. Depending on the complexity of the inspection, you can hire a building staff, an architect, an engineer who specializes in roof consulting, or a competent roofing contractor to perform the inspection for you. An inspection entails anything. From looking at the roof while walking to repair an A/C to a formal inspection with a moisture survey.
The first time you will want to carry out your inspection is, once before the season with the most severe weather, and once after. For example, in the northern climates, severe weather is usually in winter, where the cold, storms, and precipitation do the most damage to the roof. The opposite also holds true, where hot weather rules, summer would then be considered the severe season. Since the solar UV radiation is increased, the roof is exposed to high heat followed by thermal shock when it suddenly cools during summer rains.
Furthermore, periodically an official moisture survey should be conducted along with the normal “walkabout” survey. There are actually three major types of moisture survey systems used in this test. While they don’t actually measure water, they do measure the properties of the roof materials that change when water is present. Unlike the visual test, it is a best practice to have a formal moisture survey test done every five years.
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