Getting a roof inspection after a severe weather event or when you notice an obvious problem with your roof is the best way to find and fix potential issues before they spiral out of control and cause more damage. That said, you shouldn't wait until problems become apparent to have your roof inspected.

As a rule of thumb, you should schedule a professional roof inspection at least twice a year, even if your roof seems to work just fine. A scheduled roof inspection will help reveal roofing problems that may go unnoticed and unaddressed until it's too late.

Here are some not-so-obvious problems that a routine roof inspection can help bring to your attention.

Poor Attic Ventilation

Are you aware that your roof needs to breathe? Without proper ventilation, the moisture that accumulates in your home will have no way of escaping. And, cool, refreshing outside air would not enter the building.

Thankfully, two types of vents — intake and exhaust vents — are installed in your attic to help ensure proper roof ventilation. As the name implies, intake vents let in the cool, refreshing outside air while exhaust vents allow hot, stale air to exit the building.

Over time, your attic ventilation can become clogged with dust and debris, inhibiting proper airflow within the attic. When this happens, your HVAC system will struggle to create a comfortable indoor living environment for your family. Plus, excessive moisture will build up in your attic, resulting in condensation-related issues, such as mold growth and pest infestations.

During a routine roof inspection, your roofer will inspect your attic ventilation to look for problems that may render it ineffective and cause problems.

Poor Roof Drainage 

Like many homeowners, you may not know your roof has drainage problems until the rainy season begins. Unfortunately, rain creates dangerous conditions, such as lightning and slippery roof surfaces, that keep roofing contractors from getting work done.

Scheduling your roof inspection in the fall, before the rainy season commences, will help to identify and address roof drainage issues, such as clogged gutters and downpipes, before disaster strikes. 

Standing water on your roof is the last thing you want after it stops raining. It can lead to roof leaks, which can damage your interior and encourage mold growth.

When dealing with roof damage, it is best to take corrective action immediately. Prompt roof repairs help prevent further damage to your roof and minimize repair costs. If you need to schedule a roof inspection for your home, don't hesitate to contact a roofing contractor for a quote.