There are many reasons to get your roof inspected, even if you don’t know for sure that you need a new one or whether or not you can afford one in the first place. A roof inspection may reveal certain kinds of storm damage or manufacturer defects that allow you to make an insurance or warranty claim. There’s only one way to find out though, and that’s by scheduling a free inspection with Avenue Roofing.
Still not convinced? Here are seven reasons to get your roof inspected right now.
You’re Thinking About Selling Your Home
“How old is the roof?” is consistently one of the first questions new home buyers ask. A new roof can only increase the resale value of your home and give you a leg up on the competition.
An important thing to consider is that many prospective home buyers would much rather roll the cost of a new roof into the purchase price than pay to have one installed after the fact. It can also be difficult for some buyers to secure home insurance if the roof shows certain kinds of damage or is nearing the end of its life expectancy. If the damage is extensive enough, it may not pass inspection at all. In any case, you should absolutely have your roof inspected before you put your home on the market.
Your Roof is More Than 15 Years Old
The average life expectancy of a standard shingled roof is anywhere from 15-25 years. Here in Florida where heavy storms are a way of life, you can expect your roof to fall on the lower end of that spectrum.
The good news is, we use premium roofing materials that should give your roof a longer-than-average lifespan. But we can’t say the same for every other roofing company in town so if your roof is entering its teenage years, let us inspect it for you.
Your Roof Shows Visible Signs of Damage
If you notice signs of cracked, curling, or missing shingles, it’s time to get your roof inspected. Even if you only notice one or a few, it’s a sign that there could be even more damage elsewhere. Not all roof damage is visible to the untrained eye and there are safety concerns with self-inspections so it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. It is free after all!
Your Roof is Leaking
Perhaps the surest sign that your roof is in need of inspection is when you begin to notice signs of leaking. What is a roof anyway if not a barrier between you and the elements. Even a small leak can be a symptom of a much larger problem and you don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
It can sometimes take a while for water to begin leaking through the ceiling so if you have decent access to your attic, you can often spot signs of leakage before it becomes a major problem. Check for wet spots and water stains and look out for pinholes where light comes through on a sunny day. If you see any of these signs, call us right away!
Storm Season is Coming
After the winds rip your roof right off or heavy rain starts flooding your home is not the time to think about when you should have had your roof inspected. Florida storms can cause severe and sometimes catastrophic damage. If you have any reason to suspect your roof may not survive a heavy storm, get it inspected. Even if your insurance does cover the cost of a new roof and the losses you sustained, you won’t be the only one fighting to get yours approved or waiting for a roofing contractor to become available. Protect your home, your family, and your belongings in advance by getting a proactive inspection.
You Want a New Look
While a roof’s primary function is protection, it also contributes significantly to your home’s curb appeal. You’d be surprised what a new roof can do to improve your home’s aesthetics. These days there are many attractive new color and texture options that can really accentuate the beauty of your home in dramatic ways. If your roof has a few years on it, it may have damage anyway and there’s always a chance that your insurance company will pay for the replacement. The real question is, why wouldn’t you take advantage of a free inspection?
Thinking About an Upgrade
If your current roof is made of 3-tab shingles, you may want to consider upgrading it to architectural shingles or even a metal roof. 3-tab shingles do not last as long as architectural shingles and offer inferior wind protection compared to architectural shingles. Metal roofs have their own set of pros and cons but can be an excellent choice, especially in terms of life expectancy. It’s always wise to do your homework and decide which roof type is best for you, but when you’re ready for the best roof available (and the best customer experience), set up a free inspection with Avenue Roofing–you won’t be disappointed!