Roof inspections are a must if you want to keep your roof in working order for longer. Minor problems can be identified before they develop into something serious, more complex and more expensive to rectify.

But, how often should you inspect your roof? And what should you look for?

Inspections key to maintenance

You may be expecting your roof to last a lifetime. And, yes, a good roof can do exactly that. But not without maintenance. Roof inspections are the first step in maintaining your roof’s function and appearance, as they highlight any visible problems before they do serious damage.

What about the warranty? Some homeowners might question the importance of roof inspections, given that they’re covered by their warranty anyway. In fact, warranties are often void if regular maintenance isn’t carried out.

Consider roof inspections part of the “care instructions” you get with your roof. You can’t return a pair of jeans if you have left them out in the rain. And you won’t have much of a case with your roof warranty if it’s been left unmaintained.

Checking your roof

As a general rule, you should check your roof at least twice every year. That’s not a replacement for professional inspections by any means, but you should check the basics:

  • Tiles – Look at whether tiles have fallen off or become visibly loose or cracked.
  • Flashing – Check for breaks and gaps on the metal flashing which seals curves and edges on your roof.
  • Gutters – Ensure your gutters aren’t blocked, sagging or coming away from the wall.
  • Moss – Moss holds water on your roof, so it’s important to check for any build up when you inspect your roof.
  • Inside – Check inside your house, looking for dark patches, sagging, leaks and water rings as well as sunlight breaking through the roof.

And when…?

The next issue is when to carry out your inspections. If you’re doing two, the ideal time is before and after winter. This is the season with the worst weather, which will test your roof the most. Inspect before winter – around September time – to check if any minor problems need fixing before the rain and wind comes. Small problems can become much bigger when they’re exposed to severe weather.

Your second inspection should be after winter, in March or April, to check if any damage has been done. While the bad weather may be over, it’s still best to get any problem fixed as soon as possible. Besides, British summers are hardly the driest around…

The importance of professional inspections

A quick check-over is important for your roof’s wellbeing, but it doesn’t reduce the need for a professional inspection by any means. A professional inspection can identify problems that aren’t apparent to the untrained eye. For one, because professionals have the training to get on the roof and inspect every aspect thoroughly.

Pontefract roofing experts

Looking for a professional roof inspection in and around Pontefract? DPR Roofing can help. We are accredited roofing specialists, with nearly three decades’ experience in all aspects of roofing. Our team of fully-trained roofers are ready to provide high level inspections and deal with any issues that may be present on your property. Get in touch today to arrange a free, no-obligation quote.