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The roof of a home protects everything underneath. The slightest failure in a roof's structural integrity can pave the way for leaks and extensive infrastructure damage. Union County roofers know that the best way to avoid a damaged roof is to consistently maintain it. Proactive roof maintenance includes professional inspections.

Contracting a professional roof inspector has two main benefits. A thorough roof inspection will help a homeowner detect small problems before they become big problems. In addition to the diagnostic benefits, roof inspection is one way to protect the warranty of the roof. Most roofing warranties require regular maintenance records for the warranty to remain valid.

There are two types of roof inspections: visual and nondestructive. A visual roof inspection should be done twice a year, once before the harshest season of the year and once after. In the northern climate, the harshest season is winter when the roof is exposed to ice and snow. In the southern climate, the harshest season is summer when the roof is exposed to relentless UV rays and sudden down pours that can dramatically cool the roof. A thorough inspection should be performed at least once every five years to check for moisture buildup within the structure.

During a visual inspection, the inspector will physically walk on the roof to check the condition of roofing materials.

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They will also go into the attic to check the support structure. On the roof, the inspector will look for missing shingles, shingle curling and impact bruising. A reputable inspector will check around the chimney, skylights, vents and valleys for any broken seals or cracked flashing.

During a nondestructive inspection, the inspector will use one of three methods to check for moisture: infrared, nuclear or capacitance. An infrared scan will measure the amount of heat that is passing through insulation. Dry insulation insulates against heat better than wet insulation, so the amount of hit transmitted through the insulation will determine the moisture level. A nuclear isotopic meter will transmit hydrogen ions into the roof and count the number that bounce back. Since water is comprised of two hydrogen ions and one oxygen ion, moisture in the roofing system will result in a higher reading. An electrical capacitance and resistance meter measures the electrical conductivity of roof materials. Since water enhances electrical conductivity, a higher reading will indicate the presence of moisture.

By hiring a professional to conduct regular visual and nondestructive inspections, a homeowner can avoid extensive damage.

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