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White Plains Roofing: Article About How Often To Inspect A Roof

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The roof may well be the most important element of a building, as it protects the whole structure from the elements. However, it also has to withstand direct exposure to bright sun, beating rain and whatever kind of extreme weather affects the local area. Over time, even the best installed roofs of the finest materials can show signs of wear. If left untreated, minor issues can develop into critical structural problems. Whenever in doubt, it's a good idea to consult with a reliable White Plains roofing contractor as soon as possible. An even better practice is to schedule regular roof inspections well before there's any reason to panic.

Roof inspections can take two forms: visual inspections, performed by the homeowner; and professional inspections, carried out by professional roofers. The former are easy for a homeowner to do oneself. Although a simple visual inspection doesn't offer an absolute guarantee of a leak free roof, it's an excellent first step. It's a good idea to carry out this inspection just before and after the most inclement season. In other words, in a climate with brutal winters, it's best to do an inspection in late fall and early spring.

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For houses in regions with punishing summer heat waves, it's better to do the inspection in late spring and early fall. In any case, the milder times of year are ideal for inspecting. The same holds true for visual checks and professional inspections.

In order to check one's own roof for leaks, it's necessary to bring a flashlight into the attic or crawlspace. Using the flashlight to inspect, the homeowner should look around for any signs of moisture. Should there be any puddles or streaks, it's vital to look immediately above those areas for any signs of a hole or crack in the underside of the roofing. If conducting the inspection during the day, the homeowner should briefly turn off the flashlight and any other sources of light. Surveying the entire length and width of the roof in the darkness, it's possible to check for any chinks of light coming through.

As for the professional inspection, a qualified roofing contractor or inspector will use specialized equipment to gain a more accurate picture of the roof's health. An infrared scan can detect any areas of increased moisture in the insulation under the roof. A nuclear isotopic meter uses ions to measure any evidence of moisture. Electrical capacitance meters detect the roof's conductivity, using the information to determine whether there are any moist areas where rain has come through the roof.

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