5 Reasons Why Fall Time Is the Best Time for a Roof Inspection

Blog | September 11th, 2018

Having the roof of your home inspected is something that should be done on an annual basis. An expert inspector can find and pinpoint areas where the roof has or is about to fail. This, in turn, can save you thousands of dollars by preventing any leaks that could turn into mold and structural damage.

The fall season is the best time to have your roof inspected as the weather is mild and it’s right before the infamous Pacific Northwest rainy season.  As fall turns into winter, you can have peace of mind knowing that your roof isn’t damaged or leaking.

Here are five great reasons why you should schedule a roof inspection in the fall months:

Minor Damage Can Turn into Major Damage

A roof inspection can catch minor damage issues before they turn into major ones. A leak over the rainy season can wind up rotting the wood in your attic and causing mold problems. The money you would have spent fixing your roof is minuscule in comparison to mold abatement services or having to cut out rotting wood in your attic. By catching and fixing small problems, you’ll be saving time, money, and headaches.

Prepares You for the Upcoming Winter

The fall time in the Pacific Northwest can lure many into a false sense of security. The weather is mild, a crisp is in the air, and the nights are chilly but pleasant. It almost seems like the cool weather will last forever.

But once late October rolls around, the ice, snow, and rain can cause your heating bill to rise exponentially. If your roof is in poor condition all the heat in your house will escape through the attic and you’ll constantly be having to run the heater. A new roof will better insulate your home and help lower your monthly energy costs.

Shingles Love the Fall Time!

Fall is the ideal time for roofers to inspect and lay a new roof.  Roof shingles tend to install best in temperatures of 50 to 80 degrees.  If the shingles are too hot, they become very flexible and are hard to work with.

If they become too cold, they’re more brittle and prone to cracking.  Cold weather also requires the usage of more glue to lay a single tile, this in turn increases the cost of a new roof.

In the mild fall weather, roofs go on much easier and take less time to install. If you were to re-roof in the summer or winter time, the roofers would have to work around the rainy or hot summer weather. This can add a few days to a week of extra installation time.

Hotel for Our Furry Friends

As the mild fall temps turn into cold winter weather, the furry friends that reside in our backyard will be looking for somewhere warm to live. What better place than the small crack in your roof for a raccoon, possum, or squirrel to take up residence?

Small mammals have incredibly sharp front teeth that can quickly chew through roof tiles and turn a small hole into a gaping entryway. Animals can sense where heat is coming from and a determined squirrel will take advantage of any damage they find on your roof.

Save Your Insulation

Any roof damage the inspector finds can be fixed and potentially save the insulation in your attic.  If left alone, the moisture and water seeping through the crack in your roof can attack your insulation and cause mold to spread out of control.

Even a small leak over the course of a few months can be enough to destroy your attic insulation. It will also help keep the cost of heating and cooling your house down in the winter and summer months.

Roof Inspections in Tacoma

If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a few years, or are due for your annual inspection, now is the best time to get it done. At ACME Roofing, we have over 22 years of experience helping Tacoma homeowners protect their homes from the harsh Pacific Northwest elements.

Call us today at (253) 564-2292 or contact us via our website to schedule a roof inspection. Our eagle-eyed roof inspectors can help save you thousands of dollars by preventing small damage from turning into major expensive repairs.

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