Regular inspection of your metal roofing should be a key component of your maintenance routine. Visual inspections will help keep your metal roof looking great, in good condition and structural sound, as potential issues or minor damage can be pointed out early and be repaired prior to becoming serious issues.
Your metal roofing or any roof for that matter is meant to protect your property from the harsh and potentially damaging elements. Taking care of your roof, will ensure your roof can take care of you and your property.
There are several factors that call for a roof inspection, we highlight these below.
1. Bi-annual Inspection
As a general rule, you should have your roof inspected at least twice every year. Whether you have asphalt shingles or metal roofing installed at your home or business, conducting routine inspections will allow you to find any potential issues before they become major issues.
The best time to inspect your roof is usually early spring and early fall. In spring you are able to see if there was any damage created over the harsh winter months and ensure your roof can handle the incoming rainy season. In fall you are ensuring your roofing system is ready to take on the harsher weather ahead.
2. Significant Weather Events
When there is an unusual or significant weather event in your region, such as hailstorms, thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, and heavy snow, you should have your roof inspected once safe to do so, to make sure that no damage has occurred. Although metal roofing is extremely tough and can withstand extreme weather conditions, unexpected damage can still occur, checking your roof to ensure it is structurally intact will give you peace of mind when another significant event hits.
3. Signs of Damage
An important factor that should compel you to have your roof inspected is any sign of damage. If you notice any loose sections, or missing pieces or if you notice water stains on your ceiling, you should have your roof professionally inspected immediately. All of these issues are signs of damage that can grow to become severe issues that result in expensive repairs being required.
4. Type and Age of Roofing Materials
The type and age of your roof material play a role in determining how often your roof needs to be inspected. If your roofing system is over ten years old, having it inspected at least twice a year is a good idea. But, if your metal roofing system was just installed in the past couple years, you should be able to get away with checking it annually and after any extreme weather events.
Your roofing system sits well above your field of view, it is easy to forget about it until the need arises. Save yourself the time, energy, and money that will all be spent on untimely repairs and add bi-annual roof inspection to your seasonal maintenance routine.