Everyday, exposure to sun, rain, leaf matter, wind and other wear and tear ages your roof and causes it to become more brittle. This can lead to breakages and leaking and can become quite expensive if you let it get away from you.
The best thing you can do it to keep on top of roof maintenance is to regularly inspect your roof.
Just like your car, your roof will last about half its expected lifetime if it isn’t well looked after. The financial burden alone is enough reason to make sure you inspect your roof.
Replacing a roof can be quite an expensive and hefty job and most roof warranties become void if the roof is not well maintained.
You should inspect your roof at least twice a year to keep it well maintained and under warranty.
If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for when you inspect your roof, you can hire a professional to do it for you. It’s not a bad idea to hire someone to inspect your roof as they will fix any air conditioning damage and will do a formal moisture survey.
What is a formal moisture survey?
There are three types of moisture survey systems. All of them measure the way the roof changes when water is present to ensure it can handle different levels of water pressure.
1. Infrared scan: This measures the amount of heat retained or lost through your roofs insulation. An infrared camera measures the level of heat radiated by the insulation in your roof. Wet insulation will radiate heat much more than dry insulation. Wet insulation transmits heat better than dry materials.
2. Nuclear isotopic meters: send hydrogen ions into the roof system and calculate the number that comes back. If water is present in the roof, the number of ions sent back to the transmitter will be dramatically increased.
3. Electrical capacitance and resistance meters: measure the way the roof’s materials conduct electricity. Wet materials will conduct electrical current better than dry materials.
Each testing methods is more suitable to different roofs so your roofing expert will choose the appropriate method when they come to inspect your roof.
When should you inspect your Roof?
You should inspect your room twice annually, at the end of the dry season and at the end of the wet season. Depending on where you live, one of these seasons will be more severe on your roof.
Checking your roof at the end of the season will allow you to fix any damage caused before you enter another rough season.
Expert roof inspections (and formal moisture surveys) should be done at least once every five years.
Regular roof inspections will ensure your home avoids greater internal and external damage.