There is no definite way to determine when a roof should be inspected. Inspection times and dates are flexible due to the fact that not every roof, material, and setting is the same. There are a number of factors that influence when a roof should be inspected such as the material of the roof, it’s age, and environmental impact such as wind, snow, and rain exposure. It is recommended for homeowners to inspect their roofs twice a year (summer and winter) but scheduling professional roof inspections can lead to some confusion.
One of the obvious times to get your roof checked is after the harshest season in your climate. Scheduling inspections after severe weather can help prevent future damage and catch problems before they develop into something serious such as loose shingles, cracking, or the start of a leak. Professional inspections are important in this way because some of these issues may not be visible to those who are not professionals. In contrast however, some professionals recommend getting an inspection just before the worst weather to ensure your roof is prepared for the conditions it is about to endure. It is important to note that getting your roof inspected during these seasons may cost more, as it is the busy time of year.
The main factor that influences when your roof should be inspected is the material of your roof. Different types of material can allow homeowners to expect different rates of deterioration. For example, materials such as asphalt, and wood shingles should be inspected ever 1-3 years whereas materials such as metal or rubber are dependable without inspection for 3-5 years.
Balancing each of these factors is the best way to know when your roof should be inspected. Regardless of casual homeowner’s inspections, be sure to get professional inspections throughout your roof’s lifespan for the safety of your home and healthy maintenance of your roof.
If you are in need of a roof inspection or other roofing services in the Oshawa area, call Turnbull Roofing today at 905-579-ROOF (7663).