Roofing is a technical and confusing industry to most homeowners. With the lifespan of an average roof being over 20 years, depending on how often you buy or sell homes, you might never have had to hire a roofing contractor. Roofing inspections can save you thousands of dollars if you’re proactive with them, so we’re going to talk about the importance of hiring a reputable Salem roofing company to inspect your roof, and when you should contact your roofers for an inspection.
Roofing inspections help alert you to potential problems that could end up costing you thousands of dollars, before they start costing you that much. In the roofing industries, small problems become big problems over time. Damage tends to compound fairly quickly. We have see what started as a small leak result in partial ceiling collapses after they weren’t spotted or repaired quickly enough. This happens more often with vacation homes that aren’t inhabited year-round. Fortunately, if caught early by an inspection, many of these small issues can be repaired at an affordable price before they become big and expensive issues. Many homeowners are able to detect some of the more major problems with their roofs after doing a bit of reading and research on the web. We have even written a few guides on this, ourselves. However, there are certain times it’s better to hire a professional Salem roofing contractor, and there are some homeowners who do not feel comfortable stepping foot on their own roofs. In these cases, we recommend giving us a call at (503) 585-2338 to schedule your roofing inspection as soon as possible.
Here are the most common times you should get a roofing inspection:
- Before buying a house
You do not want to buy a new house and immediately have to spend over $10,000 on a new roof. If you hire a roofing contractor to inspect and certify the roof, you could save yourself thousands of dollars by adding a roof replacement contingency to your home purchase agreement. Learn more about a roof’s role in real estate transactions here.
- Before and after winter
Winter is generally the roughest season on a roof, which means you want to make sure your roof is ready for winter before it arrives. Some roofing contractors don’t accept new work in the winter (we do, however), so it’s best to try to schedule winter preparation work before winter actually arrives. After winter, you might want to double check that your roof is still in good condition and ready to handle the spring rainfall.
- After severe storms, regardless of the season
High wind, heavy snowfall, and ice can cause a plethora of roofing problems, from shingle lift to roof leaks. After a storm, you should visually inspect your roof for any potential damage the storm may have caused, and if you’re concerned, there is no harm in calling a professional roofing contractor to come take a look and give you their opinion.
If you’re looking for roof inspections in Salem, Oregon, give us a call at (503) 585-2338 for an estimate. We can certify your roof for real estate transactions, inspect your roof for storm damage, or take a look at any problem areas you have identified.