If you’ve ever had your car worked on by a dealership, you’ve likely noticed that the mechanics often conduct a multi-point inspection while it’s in the shop. The main reason that dealerships offer this service is because it allows them to identify potential problems before they get out of hand. They’ll let you know if your air filter needs to be changed, whether your engine coolant levels are sufficient, and whether your radiator hoses are still in good condition (or if they need to be replaced.)  Why? Because small problems cost less to fix while they’re still small.  In contrast, fixing a big problem can often be expensive.

Suffice to say, you’ll want to take similar, if not better care of your home. You’ll also want to keep in mind that while auto inspections aren’t free, roof inspections often are.

Benefits of having your roof inspected

Having your roof inspection allows you to learn if one or more parts of your roofing system needs to be repaired. For example, after the inspection, the contractor will let you know if your flashing is rusted, whether you have shingles that are loose or missing, and/or if your gutters are still in good condition.

If the contractor does determine that you have one or more problems that should be addressed, they’ll provide you with a written, detailed report of their findings. They’ll also provide you with a repair quote, which will include a full breakdown of both materials and labor costs. If you’d like to proceed with the repairs, they’ll also help schedule a date and time for the workers to come to your home.

When you should have your roof inspected

Most contractors agree that you should have your roof inspected at least twice a year—once in the spring and again in the fall. Additionally, you should also have your roof evaluated after each and every major storm.  If your roof has sustained storm damage, there’s a chance that your homeowners’ insurance policy will cover those repairs.  If this is the case, the roofing company you’re working with will contact your insurance provider directly.

In closing

Regardless as to whether you’ve just purchased your first home, or if you’ve owned your home for years, roof inspections are important. Remember, small problems cost less to fix than big ones, so it’s best to address issues as soon as you know you have them. For more information about the benefits and costs associated with roof inspections in Louisiana, call our office today to get started.