A solid roof is one of the most important factors in waterproofing your home, and proper maintenance of it should not be overlooked. Most roofing Adelaide can last for a very long time in good weather conditions, but you can increase your roofas life expectancy with some ongoing maintenance.
Do you know what’s required in order to inspect your roof for possible damage? Here are some tips for understanding the how’s, when’s, and why’s of inspecting your own roof.
The Best Method: How to Complete a DIY Roof Inspection
Physically climbing a ladder and getting up on the roof is an obvious part of your roofing inspection, but what exactly should you be looking for?
Looking a little closer, you should check the flashings on your roof, which are the metal pieces that seal the roof around hard-to-reach areas like the base of your chimney. Watch for any gaps and make sure the flashings have not warped out of position. Damaged flashings should be replaced immediately.
If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, pay extra attention to any worn-out bare spots and brittle looking shingles. Granule build up in the gutters is a clear sign of aging. Damaged or worn shingles can be replaced without replacing the entire roof. With a wood shake or shingle roof, look out for dry rot and warping; if you note that more than one third of the wooden surface is damaged, it could be time for a new roof.
When checking a metal roof, which tends to offer the longest lifetime, pay attention for any corrosion or rusting.
The Best Season: When You Should Check The Roof
An at-home roof inspection should be completed at the bare minimum annually or bi-annually, but the more frequently it is done, the longer you can expect your roof to last. It is generally best to perform your inspection either before winter sets in or after the coldest and harshest winter weather conditions have already passed. If you prefer to be very meticulous, taking a look at the roof after a harsh windstorm can be beneficial as well.
The Best Reason: Why Your DIY Roof Inspection Is Important
Taking the matter into your own hands and performing a DIY roof inspection on a regular basis is important for your home, particularly because it can end up saving you a lot of money and can result in avoiding the detrimental problem of leakage. Regular roof inspections allow you to spot and address small issues before they become serious problems. This will extend the lifetime of your roof while saving you precious time and money.
As you can see, completing a DIY roof inspection isn’t that much of a hassle, and once you get the hang of it, is really quite a breeze. Taking measures to extend the lifetime of your roof – and avoid costly repairs or replacements – is worth the effort. For more information on all things roof-related, contact us today at (08) 8343 5988.
Why you should get a professional roof inspection
Doing your own roof inspections yourself may seem like a smart way to save more money on professional roof inspections. After all, you have eyes to look through your own roof yourself. The danger about this Do It Yourself approach is that you do not have the expertise, tools and experiences to know exactly where to look.
You see, your roof is the biggest surface of your entire house and as such there are areas hiding from your naked eyes. Fixing up the ladder yourself and jumping on the roof to have a quick look every now and then would not guarantee you a safe, damaged free roof.
Think about it this way, you own a double storey building nicely built on a 400m square of land with double car park garage. Over the years, you realise it’s time to keep an eye on your roof as the tree in your neighbor’s compound may be dropping debris on your house roof.
So you decide to get a ladder, either purchase one or simply rent one from a hiring company. You get your ladder and you get up there in the cool of the day to inspect your own roof. Just before you get up there however, you had to navigate around the limited space you have around the walk way, making it seemingly not so safe but you are determine to save more money so you find a way to get up there.
After stretching your neck to have a look as far as your eye can see, you convince yourself that “it’s all good” and there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Couple of days later, there was heavy down pour of rain and the east side of your home got all soaked in rain from a leaky roof your eyes missed two days ago while you were up there doing your DIY.
Well, it just so happen that the east wing of your home is where most of the electronics are, worth thousands of dollars and now they are all soaked in water. This is a common experience for a DIY.
Now, getting a professional roof inspection to look at your roof periodically may sound like an expensive project, however, it’s not. Especially when you count the cost of not doing so. Rite Price Roofing has been in the business for decades, helping South Australian home owners look after their existing roof and building new ones.
Rite Price is a family owned and operated roofing business here in Adelaide with a great reputation that has stood the test of time untainted. We only employ highly trained and experience roof restoration, roof repairs, and roof construction experts with years of experience up their sleeves. Our number one goal is to make sure your roof get looked after.
If you’re looking to make the best of your roof in Adelaide, then get in touch with us today by filling up our free no obligation quote for one of our ever friendly staffs to call you back just to understand your needs or simply ring us up and speak to us about how we can help your with your roofing.