A Denver roof inspection is more important than most homeowners in the Mile High City realize. Never underestimate how hard Denver's climate can be on roofing materials. The combination of high snowfall totals, spring and summer thunderstorms, high winds off the mountains, higher UV rates due to high altitude, 300 days of sunshine a year, and the rapidly changing weather and temperatures along the front range, all add up to some pretty daunting conditions for Denver roofs. Whether it's due to an extreme weather event, or just the toll of these multiple factors constantly working at your roofing materials, it's more than likely that your roof will experience damage of one sort or another along the way.
Getting the Jump on Roof Damage
Roof repair in Denver is a relatively cheap and quick fix (ServiceMagic has the data to back that assertion up), but if you don't catch minor roof damage early, the opposite is often the case. It's that difference between early intervention and accumulated disaster that prompts the National Roofing Contractor Association to recommend that homeowners get their roofs professionally inspected once a year to ensure small problems don't turn into bigger ones.
Why an Annual Roof Inspection in Denver is so Important
The reason an annual roof inspection is recommended has to do with the consequences of putting them off. Take a simple roof leak, for example. Roof leaks can be caused by everything from loose flashing to missing shingles. Unfortunately, from the vantage point of inside your home, those roof leaks often won't rear their ugly heads for several years. That means that by the time you notice the tell tale sign of a discolored spot on your bedroom ceiling, that water has already been working away at your roofing, attic space, and insulation, for quite some time already. Serious mold problems, dry rot, failed roof decking and roofing materials, ruined insulation, and cosmetic issues inside your home, are going to add up fast if you don't catch a leak right off the bat. If you hire a contractor to perform an annual inspection, you increase your chances of preventing that vicious cycle of damage to ever get started.
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The Ins and Outs of a Denver Roof Inspection
When you call in a contractor to perform a roof inspection they'll do one of two things, depending on your roof's style and pitch. If you have a relatively flat and accessible roof, they'll climb right up and walk it in its entirety. If your roof isn't so friendly, a pair of binoculars and a well trained eye do the trick as well. What they're looking for is any sign that your roofing is failing or has experienced damage. That includes looking for loose flashings, missing, loose, or damaged shingles, and curling, buckling, bare spots, and crawling. If they find any of these problems, they'll likely want to inspect your attic space for signs of roof leakage, water damage, and possible attic ventilation issues as well. Once they've given your home a thorough once over, they'll come up with a plan to address any problems, which can run the gamut from an easy and quick patch job that costs a few hundred dollars to the possibility that you need a new roof altogether. It's why annual inspections are so important. Have a roof inspection done in Denver once every ten years, and your chances of discovering the latter go up exponentially. Do it every year, and a simple repair is likely all you'll ever have to worry about.
Denver Roof Inspection Costs and Contractors
Drawing from the data ServiceMagic collects on the jobs performed by contractors in our system, it's safe to say that you should expect to pay anywhere from one hundred to five hundred dollars for your roof inspection. That lower number is for an inspection only. The higher number usually includes an easy repair if it's necessary. Who should you call to perform a roof inspection if you're a Front Range homeowner? There are roof inspection companies out there, and they can be a valuable resource since they are an independent voice and aren't counting on making more money off you should any damage be found. That being said, most roofing companies do roof inspections as well, sometimes for free in the hope that it will turn into more lucrative work once problems are identified. If you do hire a roofing contractor to perform your roofing inspection, get a second opinion on any major repairs that they claim needs to be done. Getting multiple opinions, and bids, on a looming project is the best way to keep contractors honest and ensure that you're being treated fairly before you sign off any repairs.