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Of all the major systems in your home, perhaps no system is more important than the roof over your head. From mitigating high and low temperatures to keeping you safe and dry from stormy conditions, your roof carries a lot of weight in protecting you and your home (literally and figuratively). That said, it can be easy to forget about. After all, your roof doesn’t typically require much care until there’s a noticeable problem, such as a water stain on your ceiling, to prompt your attention. But, your roof requires periodic maintenance and should be inspected to ensure optimal function and longevity of the system. With a life expectancy of anywhere from 20-80+ years, how often should you schedule roof inspections? Well, that can depend on a few factors – let’s take a closer look. 

3 Times You Should Have Your Roof Inspected

1. Periodic Inspection

Depending on the type of material your home was built with, the expected lifespan for the entire roof system can vary significantly. While the first few years of a new roof shouldn’t prompt the need for periodic inspection, a good rule of thumb is to begin having your roof inspected when your roofing system is nearing (or has recently surpassed) half of its generally accepted life expectancy. 

Once you reach this point, it’s a good idea to have a professional inspection every 3-5 years, so that you can make necessary investments in the longevity of your roofing system BEFORE a problem arises. 

This 3-5 year range is merely a rough estimate, but the weather conditions in your area can require more (or less) frequent inspection of your roof. 

If you live in an area with severe weather events or extended seasons of precipitation, it may be a good idea to have your roof looked at more frequently than every five years. The reverse is also true in areas with moderate weather conditions and temperatures.  

2. Post-Storm Inspection

In areas where weather events like hail or tornadoes/high winds can occur, the potential for damage to the integrity of your roofing system can also prompt the need for you to schedule roof inspections. 

If an insurance claim needs to be considered, a licensed roofing company can furnish a professional report and interface with your insurance company to address the concerns. 

Sometimes, your homeowner’s insurance provider may require their own inspection of the conditions, so speak with your insurance company before paying a third party for an inspection. 

3. Sales Inspection

If you are planning to sell your home and your roof is approaching the end of its useful life, it may be a good idea to conduct a roof inspection before selling. 

Just because a roof is older doesn’t mean it’s damaged or needs replacing anytime soon. A professional roofer can make minor repairs or even certify the good condition of the roof. This can ease worried prospective buyers’ minds and encourage an offer on your property.

Most Importantly, Don’t Do It Yourself

While there are many ways to save money by doing things yourself, inspecting your roof can be extremely dangerous. Simply put, leave it to a professional. Not only are they trained in safely examining your roof, but they also have the expertise to know what is and isn’t a concern. 

At Excel Metal Roofing, our experienced roofers can provide you with an expert solution for your roofing needs and, more importantly, peace of mind that the roof over your head is safe and sound. Contact us today to learn more about our services! We provide quality metal roofing that will last longer than other roofing materials, making it the superior choice for your home’s protection.