Your roof is one of the single most important elements of your home, protecting you from cold temperatures, rain, snow, wind, birds and falling objects year-round.
Needless to say, it goes through some pretty tough stuff over the course of the long, cold Canadian winter, leaving your home vulnerable to a variety of threats including moisture intrusion, energy loss and structural hazards.
With spring just around the corner, there’s no better time to start thinking about roof maintenance. And the best way to start is with an annual roof inspection.
Benefits of getting your roof inspected
At Mold Busters, we recommend getting a roof inspection at least once a year. Contrary to what many people think, it’s not a complicated, time-consuming or expensive process; and, most likely, it will even save you money in the long run. Here’s why.
1. Prevent roof leaks and moisture intrusion.
2. Stop air leakage and energy loss.
3. Ensure structural stability and safety.
4. Increase the longevity of your roof.
The accumulation of snow and ice during the winter can damage your shingles, gutters, flashing and other roofing materials. In addition to this, extreme temperatures can crack the seals that keep water from entering your home.
Moisture intrusion is a particularly major concern for buildings with older roofs or flat roofs, which are notorious for accumulating standing water. All of this extra moisture puts your home at risk of developing black mold, which can start to form on your walls, ceilings and structural supports, compromising your air quality and health.
A thermographic inspection of your roof often reveals problems that the eye alone cannot see. One of the most common of such problems is air leakage, or heat loss, which occurs when there are imperfections within the building envelope that allow energy to escape your home.
As a result, your HVAC system works longer and harder to restore the desired room temperature, and you end up paying a lot more in utilities every month. In fact, according to the National Insulation Association, over 40% of all heat lost in an average home is through the attic and walls.
Identifying issues with your roof with the help of an infrared roof inspection can help you locate air leaks, patch them up appropriately and significantly decrease your energy bills.
Damage to your roof can compromise your home’s structural soundness and, ultimately, your safety. For example, a roof that has been eaten away by mold is at risk of collapsing, especially during winter, when snow and ice accumulation exert an enormous amount of pressure on it.
Similarly, a damaged roof can invite mice, squirrels, birds, bats and other pests into your attic, giving them access to every other part of your home and the potential to decrease your indoor air quality.
Getting your roof inspected will ensure that it is strong enough to protect you and your family from whatever the four seasons may bring.
Perhaps one of the most obvious benefits of a roof inspection is that it allows you to find roof problems early on and fix them before they lead to more extensive damage.
Whether it’s applying a new coat of sealer, cleaning up fallen debris, removing a bird’s nest or patching up a loose shingle, these small, easy fixes will prevent more serious damage, thereby increasing the longevity of your roof, not to mention saving you valuable time, money and energy.
In the end, it’s all about bring smart and treating your roof like you would any other room in your home. Give Mold Busters a call to get your roof inspected by a certified thermographer.