The Importance Of Roof Inspections
Shingle roof repair is unique and tricky. One of the main problems is that it is very hard to tell if your roof is damaged. On many homes, you can't even see a large percentage of the roof surface from the ground. Even if there is a damaged area that is it within your line of sight, it might be hard to tell that is actually damaged since you're looking at it from so far away. Really, the only way to get a good look at the state of your roof is to get up on top of it.
Walking on Your Roof Can Be Dangerous
Most residential homes have a pitched roof, so it isn't very easy or safe to get up and walk around on it. This is especially true with stone and clay roofs that are made with shaped tiles. Not only is the surface uneven and awkward to walk on, you also have to worry about actually breaking the tiles as you step on them.
Unfortunately, many people never do any repair to the roof, or even notice anything is wrong, until day they actually have tiles falling off of the roof or water leaking into their home. When it gets to this point, your roof repair is going to be much more expensive. It is all about identifying and fixing your roofing problems when they are still small and easy to repair.
Hiring Pros is the Way to Go
In the end, the only way to practically keep up your roof is to hire a roofing professional to inspect your roof on a regular basis. In reality, even if you just have a professional come and look at your roof once every 5 years, you can usually spot and repair problems before they become severe. If you live in a climate where it snows a lot during the winter, it should be inspected more often. Snow build up during the winter can not only put extra weight on your roofing files, but minerals in the snow can deteriorate the surface of roofing tiles.
If you schedule your roof repair in advance, the initial visit can cost less than $200. If you have to call for a last minute inspection, you are always going to pay a lot more just to get the roofer to your actual property. This is a small investment to make when you consider how much money you can potentially save you on expensive and inconvenient roof repairs.