Roof Inspections

When it rains, pours, sleets or snows, the roof is always there to keep the occupants of a home dry. However, like all structural components, roofs require maintenance to keep them strong and free of rot. A routine inspection completed by a trusted Monmouth County roofing contractor will not only prolong the life of a roof but also keep the building’s occupants safe during inclement weather. There are certain signs of potential damage contractors look for when inspecting roofs.

If the roof has shingles, the contractor will investigate their condition. When the shingles show signs of curling or buckling, are missing or broken, or have moss growing on them, the roof’s structure may be damaged. If there is decay underneath the shingles and the damage goes unnoticed, the roof’s structural integrity could be compromised.

Additionally, a roofing contractor will inspect the outside of the roof for rust spots on any of the roof’s flashing. If the metal rusts completely through, water can seep in through the gaps and damage the underlay and other materials that keep the roof watertight.

Finally, if the home has an attic, a roof contractor may inspect the area underneath the roof.

This is recommended because there may be damage underneath the top roof layers that may not be visible from the outside. This is also a good place to check for water damage, as water stains may be an indication that the roof’s integrity has been compromised. A professional contractor can also search for any signs of critter infestation. Pests such as raccoons, mice and squirrels are known to damage insulation and chew through wooden structures, which could potentially cause a structural collapse if the pests are not removed.

A roof inspection should be scheduled prior to the start of seasons that have the most severe weather. In the Northeast this is generally fall or winter. While a professional inspection may only happen once a year, the homeowner can do a visual inspection from the ground after heavy rainstorms or other periods of bad weather to see if they spot any potential damage to the roof.

By staying vigilant, a homeowner can call for help at the first sign of damage so that the problem can be fixed before it becomes a major issue. In most cases, if a small issue is fixed in a timely manner, a full roof replacement will not be necessary. Not only will this save the homeowner money in the long run, but the roof’s lifespan may be greatly increased. Have a question regarding new roofs or roof repairs? Ask the roofers from Fortified Roofing of Monmouth County NJ.

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Roof flashing, a material usually made from metal, is woven into the roofing material around weak spots in the roof. Flashing is usually placed around chimneys, exhaust pipes and water heaters to ensure a watertight seal.

Monmouth County roofing FAQ:

How often should a roof inspection be done?

It is recommended that roofs are inspected at least once a year. With an annual inspection, any potential weak spots or damaged areas will be found before the damage can spread. Not only will this keep water and debris out of the home, but it will also increase the lifespan of the roof.

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