Are Roof Inspections Really Worth It? Here’s What to Know
It’s a common question: should I have my roof inspected?
The short answer is that it depends. If your home has been damaged in some way, or if you’re just concerned about the long-term condition of your roof, having an inspection can be worthwhile. Here are a few factors to consider:
1) Age and construction of your home – older homes may have more wood shingles than today’s materials, which can lead to accelerated decay and eventual failure. Inspections, for this reason, can be particularly important in older neighborhoods.
2) Storm damage – if your roof was damaged in a recent storm, having an inspection can help you decide if the damage is major and needs to be repaired/replaced.
3) Structural concerns – inspecting roofs for possible problems with flashing, rafters, or other components can give you peace of mind about the overall condition of your roof.
4) Condition of neighboring roofs – if yours is one of only a few homes on a block that has been deteriorating due to age or damage from storms (or any other reason), it may make sense to have an inspection just to get an idea of what’s going on in the roofing world.
5) Cost – even if your home doesn’t need any repairs, an inspection may still be worth it for aesthetic reasons or because you live in a high-risk area. Your local contractor can give you an accurate quote based on all of these factors.