A roof is one of the most important parts of a home. It protects its occupants and contents from all the perils of the outdoor elements, such as wind, ice, snow, heat, and hail. Even so, it tends to go taken for granted and unnoticed until something goes wrong. Perhaps a homeowner notices several shingles missing after a windstorm or a ceiling stain following a heavy snowstorm. All of the sudden, the condition of the roof is of utmost importance. Homeowners can extend the life of their roof and incur less expense by performing a regular roof inspection.
Newton roofing professionals recommend routine roofing inspections twice per year. They are usually done in the spring and in the fall when the weather is milder and the conditions are safer. Roof inspections should also be done following any strong storm with high winds, heavy hail or ice. It is after these storms that damage is most likely to be done, and homeowners will want to catch any damage as soon as they can in order to prevent additional problems.
When performing a roof inspection, the homeowner should make safety the biggest priority.
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Each year, many homeowners in the United States are injured, some fatally, as a result of being on their roof and experiencing an accident or a fall. If a homeowner does not feel safe or qualified to perform a roof inspection, they should call a roofing contractor for assistance. If a home has slate tiles, the homeowner should definitely call a professional, as simply walking on these fragile tiles can break them and cause problems.
The homeowner should avoid getting on the roof if it is wet or icy, as this makes shingles more slippery. They should also avoid being on the roof if any storms are in the vicinity as lightning and other severe weather can happen quickly. When preparing to get on the roof, the homeowner should let either someone in the home know or a close by neighbor. This ensures that if the homeowner has any problems or emergencies, someone near is aware that they are on the roof and can come to their aid. In addition, to get on the roof a homeowner should wear sturdy shoes with excellent traction or even roof boots. If available, they should also wear a safety harness.
Roof inspections are an important part of owning a home. Homeowners should be sure to aid them to their list of duties to complete each spring and fall and be sure to call a professional when needed.