If you think of it, a home’s roof is not the greatest structure in terms of design. It has things like chimneys, skylights and plumbing vent pipes going right through it, which creates plenty of opportunities for leaks. If you are not keeping an eye on your roof’s condition with regular inspections, you risk waking up one day to a major water damage. Platinum Exteriors can help you avoid such unpleasant surprises with roof inspections and preventive maintenance. We serve customers in Westminster, Carroll County, Howard County, Frederick County and Baltimore County, helping homeowners like you stop roof leaks before they even happen.
Is Roof Inspection Really Necessary?
Considering other urgent home maintenance matters, roof inspection is probably the last thing on your mind. On top of that, you probably know homeowners, whether it’s your parents or your neighbors, who never had their roofs inspected and never had any issues. Indeed, roof inspection is not a very popular home improvement project, but it doesn’t make it any less important. If you want to get the longest lifespan out of your roof, regular inspections are a must. You can compare it to dental checkups—it’s better to fix a small cavity now than later pay for a new tooth.
Our Roof Inspection Includes
- Locating missing or damaged shingles, planks or sheets
- Checking flashing around the chimney and vent pipes
- Evaluating the extent of the damage
- Checking for missing nails and fasteners
- Looking for signs of rust, moss, algae or similar damage
- Inspecting attic for leaks
- Noting the state of the gutters and downspouts
- Looking for areas of poor roof drainage
When and How Often to Get Your Roof Inspected
If you can commit to an annual roof inspection, this will be an ideal schedule, especially for an older roof. If your roof is 5 years old or younger, you can have it inspected every 2-3 years. As for the timing, it’s best to conduct inspection before the severe weather season. In Westminster Maryland, both summers and winters are fairly mild, so you can have your roof inspected either in the spring or in the fall.
Why Use Platinum Exterior for Roof Inspection
At Platinum Exteriors, we take good care of our customers, whether they call us for Maryland roof inspection or roof repair. We are very thorough in our approach and will take the photos to show you the exact roof damage you are dealing with. Our Carroll County roofing contractors take the necessary safety precautions to ensure their own safety, as well as to avoid causing any further damage to your roof, especially on thinner metal roofs. We will consider our job done only after all the problem areas are addressed and your roof is solid and waterproof.
There are a few pest insects and animals that can cause serious damage to your attic and roof. Be on the lookout for termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, woodpeckers, raccoons and bats. If you have a contract with a pest control company, make sure they inspect the attic during their scheduled visit. Otherwise, take note of any unusual noises coming from the roof or the attic.
Avoid the Storm Chasers by Hiring Local
It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected and/or repaired after major tropical storms and hurricanes. We don’t get a lot of these in Maryland, but there is at least one or two that touch us in summer and winter. If you don’t have a trusted Maryland roofing company on a retainer, watch out for “storm chasers”—gypsy contractors traveling around the country in search of quick profit. They don’t necessarily do a bad job, but they are not local, so if any problems are to arise in the future, you will have hard time tracking them down. Platinum Exteriors is a local Westminster, MD roofing company with an established reputation in Carroll County. We are always happy to follow up if you have any questions about the job we’ve completed.
Contact us today for a free estimate on roof inspection in Maryland.