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The Best Time of Year for a Roof Inspection

February 8, 2023 | 2 min. read

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Replacing your roof is a significant financial investment. Ideally, spending thousands of dollars on a roof means it should last the life of your home.

However, a roof isn’t the type of thing where you can “set it and forget it.” To achieve its maximum lifespan, there’s maintenance involved, including annual roof inspections. 

But when is the ideal time to inspect your roof?  If you’ve ever asked this question – you’re in the right place. Rescue My Roof has served southeastern Wisconsin for over a decade, helping educate homeowners through a roof replacement.

In this article, we’re going over the best time of year to inspect your roof. Ultimately, you’ll know what seasons will cause more wear and tear and when to assess potential roof damage.

Why do Roof Inspections? 

Your roof naturally faces general wear and tear because of its exposure to the elements. However, it’s essential to inspect your roof, at a minimum, once a year.

Inspecting your roof annually ensures that you catch minor problems before they become roof emergencies. Through annual inspections, you can catch issues like leaks and missing shingles and more in time to get them repaired. 

How Often Should You Inspect Your Roof?

Roof inspector lifting asphalt shingles to look for damage.

You should inspect your roof twice a year – especially if you live in constantly changing climates. 

Here in Wisconsin, we face all types of weather – from hot and humid summers to frigid winters. As the temperature changes, roofs contract and expand. Combine that with a lot of snow and ice, and your roof undergoes high wear and tear. 

This is why we recommend inspecting your roof twice yearly: once in the fall before it has to endure the winter and once in the spring after the snow has melted.

You can gauge how much wear and tear your roof has sustained and can do the necessary repairs before winter strikes again. 

The Best Time of Year to Inspect Your Roof

Iced-over gutters in the winter.

The best times to inspect your roof are after major storms and during the fall and spring. 

Severe storms can cause hail and wind damage, cracking and potentially ripping off shingles. That’s why it’s essential to inspect your roof after major weather events to catch the damage before it leads to leaks. 

For annual inspections, it’s best to inspect your roof in the fall and spring. 

In the fall, you can assess your roof’s capability to handle the winter weather. You could be facing potential winter roof leaks if there is rusted flashing, missing or cracked shingles, or clogged gutters. 

In the spring, you can see if the winter was too rough for your roof to handle. Once the snow melts, you can see if ice dams pried up any shingles or caused leaks. 

Ensuring Your Roof Lasts a Lifetime

Your roof is not only a significant investment, but it provides safety for your home. You make sure your roof is in the best shape to protect your home and family by doing repairs when needed and inspecting your roof.

Inspecting your roof twice a year and after any storms will help you catch problems before they grow and will keep your roof in top-notch shape to maximize its lifespan.

Continue your roofing education with our article “6 Signs Your Gutters Need to be Replaced.”
Have you noticed any signs of needing repairs or want to call in an expert to inspect your roof and live in the greater Milwaukee area? We’ve got you covered! Contact us today to get a free estimate.