The roof over your head is your family’s first line of defense against the elements, and it protects your home’s structure and contents too. Constant exposure to the weather can take a toll on your roof, but you can catch developing issues early on and keep it in good repair by scheduling a yearly inspection with a certified roofing professional. To gain more knowledge about your roof and its condition, be sure to ask your inspector these questions during their visit:
What Type and Grade of Roofing Materials Do I Have?
While it’s easy to see the difference between shingle and metal roofing, it’s good to know the type and grade of material that’s installed on your roof. The specific quality of the material and other necessary components, like underlayment, drip edge, flashing and vent boots, can affect how well your roof performs and how long it lasts.
What’s the Expected Lifespan of My Roof?
The life expectancy of a roof can vary greatly depending on the type and quality of the material. For instance, the lifespan of asphalt shingles ranges from 15 to 30 years, while metal roofing can last for 40 years, or longer. There are other factors that directly affect the lifespan of your roof, like the installation quality, whether the roof sits in full sun or shade, and how well it has been maintained. Once your roof has been inspected, a knowledgeable pro can give you a good idea of when it will need replacement based on all these factors.
Are There Any Flaws or Defects on the Roof?
Installation flaws, normal wear and wind or impact damage can shorten the life of your roof and lead to leaks that damage your home’s structure, interior finishes, and your belongings. After your inspection, a pro will give you a report with details and photos of any issues found, answer any questions you have, and advise you about any needed repairs.
Do I Have Sufficient Roof Ventilation?
Adequate roof ventilation is vital to rid your attic of overheated air and prevent premature deterioration of your roof system. A skilled inspector takes note of the amount of intake and exhaust ventilation and can tell you whether you need to have additional ridge or soffit vents installed.
If you’re concerned about the condition of the roof on your Birmingham home, contact us at Yellowhammer Roofing to schedule a certified roof inspection.