An important part of maintaining your roof is to check it for damage regularly. You don't want to wait until your roof is leaking before you call a roofing contractor for help. There are times you can probably check your roof yourself, and there are times when you may need to call a roofer for a full inspection. Here are good times to check your roof and suggestions for how to do it.
Check Every Fall And Spring
Fall is a good time to look your roof over since you might already be on a ladder than to clean out your gutters. Spring is another good time to check your roof to make sure it didn't sustain damage over the winter. You might not want to pay a roofer to check your roof twice a year, so you can check the roof yourself from the ground or from a ladder. You can also check from inside your attic to look for holes in the roof and signs of water damage.
Examine Your Roof After Each Storm
It's also good to check your roof after a storm that has strong wind or hail. Flying debris, hail, and wind can damage shingles, so look at the shingles for cracks, lifted edges, and impact marks that look like bruises.
Consider calling a roofer after a storm with large hail since large hail can destroy your roof. The shingles may not look too bad other than being covered with bruised areas, but these bruised areas might start to leak in several months, and by then it might be too late to get your insurance company to pay for a new roof.
Have Periodic Roof Inspections
Talk to a roofing contractor about how often to have a roof inspection. If your roof is near the end of its life, you might need an inspection more often than if your roof is fairly new. An inspection will find things like cracks in a rubber boot, rust holes in flashing, and bad shingles in roof valleys that can be repaired so the life of your roof is extended and so you can avoid dealing with a bad roof leak.
Of course, if your roof is leaking, you need a quick roof check so repairs can be done before your home or attic has a lot of water damage. Any time you think your roof might be leaking or you think it might have damaged areas, call a roofer for peace of mind.
A roofer can check your roof more thoroughly than you can, but DIY checks are still important for the longevity of your roof whether you look at the shingles through binoculars, use a drone, or just check by looking over your roof while standing in the yard.