Why should you get a roof inspection? Well … because that’s your roof. Whether it’s armored with asphalt shingles, sheet metal, wood shakes or some other material, your roof is your home’s primary line of defense against the elements.
And the Sioux Falls climate certainly treats its residents to plenty of elements. South Dakota’s temperatures are harsh, capable of reaching as high as 120°F or low as -54°F. On average we get 23″ of rain and 39″ of snow every year, but the most brutal winter to date buried us under nearly 95″ of snow. And anyone who loves wind ought to come to the Mount Rushmore State, as gusts faster than 100 mph are not unheard of in our neck of the woods.
But your roof shoulders all of these challenges reliably, because you have it inspected regularly and maintained, repaired or replaced whenever it’s showing its age. This precaution doesn’t just preserve your roof’s functionality. It also spares you the headaches of mold growing in your frame, bats infiltrating your attic, insulation becoming water damaged, and other many inconvenient (and expensive) issues.
When should you get this vital part of your house professionally inspected? Well, the easy answer to that question is every autumn. This will reveal any issues that might cause drafts and meltwater infiltration during the coming months, as well as give you time to make any needed repairs before winter makes roof work too perilous to be undertaken safely.
But there are other important factors to take into consideration while you decide when to get a roof inspection. These include recent weather conditions, your roof’s age, and whether your home is surrounded by many trees.
Get Your Roof Inspected After Storms
You should get your roof inspected following any wind or hail storm. We just mentioned how windy it can get here in South Dakota, which means there are plenty of chances for gusts to pry shingles loose or blow them off altogether.
To make matters worse, South Dakota is second only to Texas in the list of states that had the most hail in 2020: We had 377 hail events, whereas the Lone Star state had 601. To put that into different context, a state 3.5 times bigger than South Dakota received only twice as many hailstorms.
Hailstones as small as 0.7″ in diameter are still large enough to damage older asphalt shingles. When they’re larger than 1″ in diameter, hailstones become heavy enough to crack new shingles, scour off their protective granule coatings, loosen their bonds to the roof, and even damage the underlying fiberglass mat.
In short, roof replacement may be in order after any violent meteorological event. That’s why it’s so crucial to have your roofing inspected after a storm: It will keep your home protected from the wind and hail damage Sioux Falls is regrettably so famous for!
Get Your Roof Inspected More Often if It’s Surrounded by Trees
Trees enhance any home’s curb appeal and provide shade that reduces cooling costs in the summertime. But every branch that extends over a house is a threat to the roof beneath. If you find a tree branch of any size resting on top of your roof – or lying next to your house, where it could have landed after striking and rolling off your roof – then it’s time to engage one of the roofing contractors Sioux Falls’ yellow pages lists in its “C” section.
Get Your Roof Inspected More Often the Older It Gets
The longer a roof remains exposed to the elements, the more likely it will become victim to the roofing damage Sioux Falls is notorious for. Every type of roofing material has a lifespan: asphalt shingles can hold out for 15 to 30 years depending on their manufacturer and the conditions they’ve endured, while metal roofs can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years depending on the same factors.
But even a roof that’s nowhere near reaching its life expectancy is at greater risk of needing roofing repair. Sioux Falls residents would best have their roofs regularly inspected every six months once they reach 10 years in age – in addition to any inspections they might need following storms and potential tree damage.
Many types of roof damage are apparent to the layman, but many others are detectable only to the trained eye. As one of the busiest providers of home inspection service Sioux Falls has to offer, you can count on our roofing experts to give your own roof a thorough inspection and recommend any repairs it might need to avoid costlier failures. And because we so often take care of roof insurance claims, Sioux Falls and its surrounding 150 mile radius have a good friend in Restoration RX.
Contact us today and ask about our LeakFREE® certification. It’s the best way to ensure your roof’s interior, exterior and perimeter are all equipped to drive South Dakota’s brutal weather away!