Do I really need a roof inspection?

Roofers recommend that homeowners inspect their roof at least once a year and preferably twice. Since winter tends to the be the hardest season for roofs, fall and spring are ideal times to inspect it — in the fall to make sure it’s up to the task of protecting your home through the winter and in the spring to see how it held up.

What’s the worst that could happen?

If a failing roof isn’t fixed or replaced, the next good rainstorm can really take a toll. Most roofing problems get exponentially worse over time. Once a little water is getting in, the problem will only get worse and you make have a serious leak on your hands. In a worst-case scenario, a part of your ceiling can collapse and you can have rotted wood and hundreds or thousands in water damage. Even relatively minor leaks are a pain and are much easier to prevent that to fix.

Do it yourself or call in a professional?

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your roof year-round. Periodically, you can take a closer look by heading across the street with a pair of binoculars. You can also check in your rain gutters and downspouts after a good rain to see if granules are accumulating (a sign your roof is failing) and you can check the attic for signs of a leak. All of these things are good but they aren’t a replacement for an inspection by a roofing professional who can spot things the average homeowner can’t because they know what to look for. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your roof inspected, especially if your roof is getting up there in years or you suspect a problem, you shouldn’t hesitate to schedule an inspection with a Spokane roofing company.

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