As the rainy season kicks off in Florida, now is the perfect time to schedule a roof inspection. If you’ve already had one done in the last two or three years, you might not need to schedule another one for another year or so; however, if you haven’t had one done in quite a while or if you just want to know how your roof looks (especially as hurricane season creeps up on us),this article will give you some solid reasons why getting an inspection now is worth your while.
A Roof Inspection Helps Safeguard Your Home Against Storm Damage
To make sure your roof is doing its job and protecting your home, don’t put off a professional roof inspection. According to insurance data, storm damage claims have grown by an average of 7% each year since 2010, and are projected to continue rising. In 2020 alone, severe weather damage in Florida totaled almost $4 billion. Don’t be caught off guard when that potentially costly storm comes your way: Have your roof inspected before it’s too late.
A roof inspection performed by a licensed roofing contractor is the best way to find out if there are any leaks or loose shingles or tiles you should repair or replace before a severe storm comes your way. An inspector will look at your roof from top to bottom, inside and out, inspecting for missing, damaged or broken roofing materials, ridge vents, flashings around chimneys and skylights, gutters and shingles. Think of it this way: Even if you think your roof is fine now, it can’t hurt to start thinking about some preventative maintenance – especially before hurricane season is upon us and any wind, water or hail damage occurs.
A Recent Roof Inspection Helps if You’re Looking to Sell Your Home
According to NBC Miami, An energy-efficient roof can boost your home’s value by $1,000 or more. One of the best times to get a new roof is when you’re selling your home because a new roof will virtually pay for itself. In fact, in a recent survey of realtors, many new buyers opted for homes with newly installed roofs over other upgrades such as fresh paint or new flooring.
A recent roof inspection is essential for homeowners who want to sell their house for the greatest return on investment. Realtors and buyers know that an older roof directly correlates to higher energy bills, chances of attracting termites and harmful mold damage. Plus, a damaged or aged roof just doesn’t have the same level of curb appeal as a home with a newer (3 years old or newer) roof. Basically, buyers today are less likely to offer asking value or greater if the house in question needs major roof repairs.
A Roof Inspection Helps You Make Safer Decisions if a Hurricane Hits
Having your roof inspected by a professional can help you make better and more informed decisions if a hurricane hits. An inspection will reveal exactly what shape your roof is in, as well as what repairs need to be done now and what can be put off for later. Knowing all of these things in advance can help you decide whether or not you should seriously consider evacuating if and when a hurricane strikes the area.
Ultimately, you should weigh your options based on what’s most important to you and your family. But, a roof inspection is a great first step in helping you make that decision, so call us today to schedule an appointment!
Some Final Thoughts on Roof Inspections
A recent, professional roof inspection will help you know whether or not your roof needs to be repaired, replaced, or just cleaned. Getting a professional to inspect your roof before the Florida rainy season starts will prevent roofing issues from escalating and could ultimately save you a lot of money. After all, the last thing you want is for Mother Nature to wreak havoc on your home due to damage you had no idea existed.
Don’t wait until you notice a leak or visible damage to your roof before you have it inspected. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover some repairs and replacements of roofs damaged by wind or storm. When in doubt, consult with a Roof Rx agent to discuss whether your policy will cover any potential damage.