Regardless as to whether you’ve owned your home for many years, or if you’re an aspiring snowbird who is thinking about buying a vacation property, remembering to take care of your roofing system is paramount. Your roofing system is among the most important components of your home. If you maintain and take care of it, it should last a long time. On the other hand, if you let maintenance lapse, you run the risk of shortening its lifespan and you risk possible damage to your home.

Below are just a few of the things you should know about roof inspections in Naples, Florida.

You should have your roof inspection at least twice a year

Most roofing contractors suggest homeowners have their roofs inspected at least twice a year—once in the spring, and one in the fall. And while some people wonder if they can do this themselves, self-inspections are never recommended. First, you run the risk of falling and seriously injuring yourself. Second, if you’re not a licensed roofing contractor, you likely don’t know what to look for.  There are lots of types of damage that aren’t visible to the average layperson. If your roof does have damage, you fail to notice it, and the area gets hit by a major storm, your roofing system (and perhaps your home) could be at risk of serious damage.

Speaking of storms, you’ll also want to have your roof inspected after each significant weather event, such as hurricanes and large tropical storms with gale-force winds.

Also, of note is that reputable roofing contractors perform roofing inspections for free. Suffice to say, there’s no reason not to have this done.

What contractors look for

During each roof inspection, the contractor will look for various signs of damage, such as patches of moss, missing, cracked or broken roof tiles (or shingles), loose, cracked or rusted metal flashing, and rusted or cracked gutters, among other related items. If they determine a repair is needed, they’ll explain their findings thoroughly. They will also provide you with a written repair estimate that includes a full breakdown of labor and materials costs. If you’re ready to move forward, they’ll help you schedule a repair date.

In closing

If you have additional questions about the benefits of having your roof inspected, or you’d like to schedule a time for one of our licensed roofing contractors to inspect your roofing system, we can help. Call our office today to speak with an expert.