There are several reasons why you might schedule a roof inspection. For instance, purchasing a new insurance policy for your home, buying a new home, and to determine if you have damage and need roof repair after a storm are all reasons why you would want to schedule a home inspection.
So what exactly is a roof inspector looking for when he’s on top of your roof? Besides just taking note of how normal wear and tear is affecting your roof, the inspector will check for damage, leaks, and things that might not be a problem now, but could create one down the road. The following list will give you an idea of the areas that are commonly checked and what signs of potential damage look like.
An inspection will often start not on the roof, but with a walk-around from the ground level. This can give a helpful perspective that might not be seen from the roof. On the ground, the inspector can get an understanding of how your roof is angled and can look for drainage patterns. He can also scan for sagging areas and spots with missing shingles.
External Roof Inspection
After checking out the roof from the ground, it’s time to actually get on the roof for a closer look. Once on the roof, there are many potential problems to watch out for:
- Missing shingles
- Damaged flashing
- Proper seals around vent pipes
- Cracked chimneys
- Improperly placed flashing or missing flashing around vent pipes and skylights
- Severely curled or split shingles
- Loose or exposed nails
- Wet shingles
- Moss growth
At this point, the inspection isn’t complete. Some of the most important signs of damage can be found on the inside of the house.
Many roofing problems can be pinpointed from the inside. You may have even noticed them yourself, which is why you decided to contact a roofing company to do an inspection. If any of the following problems are observed, it’s a good indication that you might need to get your roof repaired or replaced:
- Signs of leaks or dark spots in the attic
- Water stains on ceilings or walls
- Blistering or peeling paint
- Outside light coming into the attic
- Wet insulation
After the Inspection
Once the inspection is complete, you should receive a detailed report of the findings. If there are needed repairs, it’s important to get them taken care of as soon as possible. Continuous exposure to sun, rain, hail, and wind can really take a toll on an already vulnerable roof.
If you think that you might have a problem with your roof, or if your roof is aged (15+ years old), then you should consider booking an appointment with Roof Recovery. It’s easy to do — just go to our website or click this link to book online. Or, if you would like to know more about the inspection process before booking an appointment, please contact us. We would be happy to explain our services and answer any questions you may have!