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Raleigh Roofing: Article About When To Inspect A Roof

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Inspecting a roof to ensure there are no leaks or damage to shingles or flashing can prevent the necessity for costly repairs later. Maintaining a roof to keep it in excellent condition can be a major factor in the resale value of a home. There is some debate about how often a roof should be inspected. Some believe it should only be checked once every other year, but not checking for problems more frequently could be the difference in whether the roof will need a minor repair or a major one later on. It is recommended that a thorough examination be conducted at least once or twice a year, typically in the spring and fall when weather is milder. This could prevent major damage from occurring during heavy snows or strong winds. For example, if a few shingles have become loose and the proper measures have not been taken to repair them, other parts of the roof, such as the flashing, could easily become damaged during a storm and create a leaky roof. An inspection checks all components of a roof and not just the roofing material.

In order to preserve the lifespan of a roof, a Raleigh Roofing contractor will look for areas where there is sagging, visible dark spots and trails, leaking water and any evidence of damage to the roofing materials.

The roofing experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh can assist you with any questions regarding gutters or metal roofing.

A contractor will identify if there are any cracks in caulk around the chimney, flashing or pipe vents, and whether metal flashing has rusted. In some cases, granules from shingles, which resemble large grains of sand, will collect inside gutters and could be an indication of advanced wear to the roof. Rotting or moldy spots can indicate that there has been a water-related issue, even as recently as within a few days.

An inspection may include an examination of more than just missing or loose roof-covering materials; it is necessary to ensure that there is no debris buildup inside gutters and vents on the inside of the house are not blocked in any way. Roofs that are covered with wooden materials should be checked for carpenter ants or termite damage. The material that each roof consists of, such as metal, tile and wood, will have slightly different methods of inspection.

If minor damage is discovered to a roof that was properly installed within the past 15 to 20 years, it may only need to be repaired rather than completely replaced. A professional roofer can give homeowners the best options.

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