How Often Should You Inspect Your Roof?

Architectural roof design with dormer windows, siding, gutters and shutters.

Your roof is an integral part of your home and plays a big role in shielding you and your loved ones from the elements.

Though roofs last a long time, they must be inspected regularly and repaired as needed.So, how often should you inspect your roof?

Most contractors recommend checking it twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall.

However, if you’re not comfortable climbing on top of your house, it’s best to hire a professional roofer to perform the inspection.

Some things to look for are:

  • Soft spots
  • Shingles that are loose or curling
  • Loose material around the chimney
  • Anything protruding from the roof
  • Large amounts of shingle granules (look like small rocks) in the gutters

Biannual inspections are crucial, but they aren’t the only time your roof should be given attention.

Be sure to also visually check them after big storms, especially those with heavy precipitation and strong winds.Your roof’s lifespan depends on its material.

Slate, copper and tile roofs can last for up to 50 years, while wood shake roofs last for 30 and cement tiles have a lifespan of 25 years. Asphalt shingles will typically last around 20 years.