Regular Maintenance vs. Repair Inspections
Professional roof inspections play an important role in keeping your roof in good condition. Routine maintenance inspections, performed annually, can help you keep tabs on your roof's condition and give you a good idea of how long your roof will last. Meanwhile, repair inspections are more focused on diagnosing specific problems.
Both types of roof inspections are important. However, knowing when it is appropriate to schedule a professional roof inspection can be tricky. While scheduling an annual inspection is a relatively simple process, many homeowners wonder when to supplement their yearly maintenance with more focused repair inspections.
Keep reading for some helpful tips in scheduling roof inspections.
What Is the Best Season for Annual Roof Maintenance?
There is no secret answer to when you should schedule your annual roof inspection and maintenance. If you're not neglecting your roof and getting a professional inspection each year, you're in good shape. However, if you have a hard time keeping track of these types of home maintenance appointments, we recommend scheduling your annual inspection for the same, easy-to-remember time each month.
For example, many people find January the best time of year to schedule their annual maintenance. With the fresh start to the new year, planning is at the forefront of their mind, making this an ideal time to get your annual maintenance appointment on the books.
Another good option is to schedule your annual inspection to coincide with the month you initially purchased your home. So, if you bought your house in October, this might be an easy-to-remember month to schedule inspections each year.
Seasonal scheduling is also a great way to structure your annual inspection. In Arizona, we deal with the monsoon season from June to September. Scheduling your yearly inspection in the spring can help you ensure that your roof is in good shape and ready for the heavy rains and high winds to come.
When to Schedule Repair Inspections
As a homeowner, you are rightfully concerned with scheduling unnecessary inspections and maintenance visits. You also don't want to neglect your roof, especially if it is having a repair problem. Knowing the symptoms of a repair problem can help you make this determination.
Signs your roof needs repair can include:
- Visible damage to your roof
- Missing shingles, flashing, or other roofing materials
- Plant life or moss growing on your roof
- Pooling water
- Sagging spots on the roof
- Signs of a leak
If you notice any of these issues, you should reach out to our roofing team and schedule an inspection. The sooner you have a problem repaired, the less likely it is to cause more serious damage.
Should I Schedule an Inspection After a Storm
While we generally have great weather in Arizona, we still experience high winds, rain, and hailstorms. These weather conditions can cause serious damage to your roof. However, if your roof is in good condition, it will likely weather most storms without an issue. Before scheduling a roof inspection, do your own visual inspection of your roof. If you see visible signs of damage, reach out to a professional roofer.
After a big storm, you should also keep an eye out for leaks and other problems. Not all issues will be immediately apparent. At the first sign of a problem, schedule a professional repair inspection.
To learn more about roof inspections and what to expect, review our blog here.