A home is a big investment. It's necessary to perform maintenance tasks to ensure a safe and comfortable shelter and to retain property value. A roof inspection is just one part of a home maintenance routine, but how often should a roof be inspected? According to the National Association of Home Builders, a roof should be inspected by a professional Ocean County roofing inspector, every three years. Other sources say three to five years. However, there are several factors to consider.
Environmental factors, roof age and roof type all influence the frequency of necessary roof inspections. Excessive sun exposure can cause roof damage as well as strong wind. Most roofs last from 15 to 18 years. After about five years, inspections may be needed annually. Roof materials are another factor. Cedar and metal roofs should be professionally inspected every four to five years. Tile or asphalt roofs should be inspected every three years, and flat roofs should be inspected every two years.
These rules are not set in stone. A good way to determine if a roof needs a professional inspection is to do a visual inspection first. Doing visual inspections can help catch minor roof issues before they grow into bigger ones. Things like checking for signs of mildew, mold, sagging and leakage go a long way in preventing roof problems.
The roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County NJ can answer your questions about skylights or new roofs.
When doing a visual inspection, clean away any debris, like leaves, which can catch water and cause roof damage. Also, clean the gutters and check vent penetrations like chimneys and pipes. These things are good to do every spring and fall.
After severe weather, such as storms with strong wind or hail, is also a good time to get a professional roof inspection. This is especially true when there are missing shingles or penetrations in the roof can be seen. Be sure to have the roof inspected as soon as possible. Choose a trustworthy roofing company that is knowledgeable of insurance guidelines. A qualified roofer will document any damages and do the repairs to correct them. With proper documentation, a roof with severe damage can be replaced by an insurance company, even before a leak occurs.
A professional roofer can do the necessary roof analysis to extend the lifetime of a roof. Professional roofers check to ensure that everything in a roof system is in good condition. It is also a good idea to have the roof of a home inspected for roof certification before purchase.
Common term explained by the roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County NJ:
A roof certification is issued by a roof inspector. It certifies that a roof is free of defects. Certifications last from one to five years and are usually done as part of a home purchase. Any roof damages must be repaired before the issuance of a roof certification.
Ocean County NJ roofing contractors answer a FAQ:
What items influence a roof certification?
When examining a roof for certification, roof inspectors take into consideration the roof materials, the age, the steepness, previous repairs and the number of layers. Roof certifications must be compliant with Federal Housing Administration standards. For example, roofs that leak or let moisture enter cannot be certified until repaired. Roofs must also have a remaining physical life span of at least two years.