The new year provides a fresh start, so it’s no surprise that many people want to start on the right foot by getting their roof inspected. In this post, we’ll discuss when you should book in a roof inspection based on demand, the condition of your roof and when your roof was last checked.

Roofing challenges through the year

A good roof is a must-have all year round. But there are some months where it faces more challenges than others.

When autumn comes around, the likelihood of storms, high winds and heavy rain increases, as does the chance of icy cold temperatures. As such, two of the most popular times for a roof inspection are before and after these months.

Getting your roof inspected after winter, in March or April, will check for any damage caused by the worst of the weather. That gives you several months to arrange repairs before the bad weather kicks in again. Of course, we always recommend getting your roof repaired as soon as you can to avoid any further damage developing.

On the other hand, a professional roof inspection in September or October will ensure your roof is prepared for the upcoming winter weather. This requires a bit more urgency with repairs as you’ll only have a matter of weeks before roofers start getting busy, which brings us to…

Roofer availability

Another factor to consider when booking in a roof inspection is roofer demand and availability. If you call most roofers in January, they’ll probably be booked up for a couple of weeks at least. That’s not to say you should put off your roof inspection, but be prepared to wait a couple of weeks unless you have an established relationship with a trusted roofer.

How does your roof look?

The next checkbox for your roof inspection is the condition of your roof. It’s never advisable to get on your roof and inspect it up close, but you can take a look from ground level. You might have to cross the road to get a better view.

Check the flashing, roof tiles, chimney stack and guttering to see if anything looks damaged or out of place. If anything looks awry, it’s worth booking in an inspection sooner rather than later. Remember, even the smallest defect in your roof can develop into a big problem, so it’s best to get a professional pair of eyes on it.

How long has it been since your last inspection?

Finally, it’s worth considering when your roof was last inspected. If it’s been well over a year, it’s probably best to book it in sooner rather than later. On the flipside, roofs that were inspected in the latter half of 2023 can probably wait a few more months.

Benefits of an annual roof inspection

The information above all sounds well and good. But do you really need a roof inspection in 2024? For us, it’s a resounding ‘yes’. Below we’ll look at some roof inspection benefits and how they coincide with the fresh start most people want from a new year…

Saving money

How many times have you told yourself you would sort out your finances in the new year? Whether it’s saving for a big holiday or just getting out of your overdraft, money is a high priority for so many people. Fortunately, a roof inspection can help in this respect.

Getting your roof inspected regularly might seem like an unnecessary expenditure, but it’s often much cheaper than a reactive approach. That’s because inspections and small repairs are much cheaper than the big repairs and extra damage.

Consider the cost to replace a few tiles on your roof compared to the outlay for a full replacement if you wait until water has penetrated your roof and damaged the trusses and battens. Not to mention the additional cost to redecorate if you wait until water is visibly leaking into your home.

Improving your mental wellbeing

Any landlord or homeowner will know that it’s a constant battle to keep everything running smoothly. From the roof, walls and windows to electrics, plumbing and heating, there are so many areas where problems can crop up.

When something does go wrong, the stress can be unrelenting. What’s caused it? Who can fix it? How long will it take? Will it get worse in the meantime? And will the problem come back in the future?

Now imagine having the peace of mind that everything is running smoothly. That’s what you can get with regular inspections. It’s the difference between getting an annual MOT for your car or waiting for your brakes to fail. We don’t have to ask which you’d be more comfortable with.

Winning back more time

So many new year’s resolutions fail because of time. That could be getting fit, learning something new or spending more time with your family. Believe it or not, being proactive with your property can give you more of that time back.

It’s hard to overstate the disruption caused by unexpected roofing issue. You’ll probably need to inspect it yourself, research what’s wrong to get a better understanding, look up contractors, call around to see who’s available, arrange quotes, compare quotes, then get work booked in.

You’ve then got to contend with roofer delays if they’re booked up and the risk that their work doesn’t fix your problems. Before you know it, you could be back to square one.

Regular roof inspections allow you to build relationships with a trusted, local roofer. There are no delays because it’s an ongoing service, and you don’t have to worry about continually second-guessing their recommendations.

Book your roof inspection in Pontefract

If you’re looking to stay on top of roofing with a professional inspection, DPR Roofing is here to help. We provide proactive roofing services for domestic and commercial customers throughout Pontefract. With our help, you can save money, minimise disruption and enjoy peace of mind with your roof.

To find out more, call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].