Having your roof checked for damage is an important step in maintaining your home, and the most important time to check it is before any major storm season. It’s best to have a professional inspect and assess the condition of your roof at least twice a year—once in late spring or early summer and once again in late fall or early winter. Doing this will ensure that any minor issues with your roof can be identified and fixed quickly before they become larger (and more costly) problems down the road.
The professional inspector should start by looking at the overall condition of your roof from both inside and outside of the house, paying special attention to areas such as flashings (metal strips used around vents, skylights, chimneys), valleys (low sections where two slopes meet), ridges (the highest peak of each slope) and eaves (overhangs). Any signs of water damage—blistering paint, curling shingles, or dimpling wood—should be noted as well. At ground level, make sure all soil around buildings is graded away from foundations so rain runoff does not seep into cracks or crawlspaces near foundations.
Inspectors should also look up into gutters since clogged gutters can cause water to backflow onto shingles even if there are no other signs of trouble on the surface; likewise, they should check downpipes for proper drainage. Careful examination of these areas during regular inspections can help prevent future damage caused by drainage issues due to sources like tree roots blocking pipes underground.
Finally, you want an inspector that uses modern technology like infrared imaging which helps detect moisture levels below roofs that are otherwise invisible to our eyes but could create serious long-term structural problems if left undiscovered until too late! Professional inspectors will use industry-standard tools to measure differences between wetness levels on different types of materials within a given area so they can accurately identify potential problem spots before major repairs become necessary!