If your goal is to age in place, don’t let your roof age with you. Consider getting a roof inspection to determine its structural integrity and lifespan. Regular inspections — approximately every three years — can detect problems or issues before they have a chance to cause major damage.
Do not attempt to climb a ladder or inspect the roof yourself. Hire a licensed, professional roofer who can examine your roof’s structure, checking it for hazards such as:
- Leaks that can cause mold to grow and lead to major health problems, especially for asthmatics and people with allergies. Mold is often devastating for furniture, carpets and curtains. Precious books, photos, artwork, video and audiotapes can also be ruined by the fungus.
- Gradual breakdown of rafters and flashing can provide an inviting environment for pests, such as rats, centipedes, roaches and ground termites.
- An old roof provides little protection against the most unwanted visitor of all — a hurricane. Even Hawai‘’ seasonal tropical storms can generate destructive winds, especially in neighborhoods on high ridges.
What’s a homeowner to do?
- Know your roof’ history and keep track of replacement and repair dates so you’l know when it’ nearing the end of its lifecycle.
- Notice signs of deterioration, such as pieces of shingle in the yard or granulated finish from shingles in the drain spout.
- Keep gutters clean and hire help to trim back overhanging vegetation regularly. Maintenance is critical to a roof’ health