Roof Inspections aren’t always as fun as they used to be. They used to be fun enough when my husband came home from work one day and told me how cool I was with my new roof. But now that I’m older and retired, roof inspections can be very annoying and often embarrassing. I’m sure you’ve had a few experiences where you were inspecting a roof only to find out it’s totally rotted out and needs replacing. Maybe you were just in a really bad storm and everything came crashing down and there was nothing you could do but to sit and wait. In these types of situations, the inspection ends up being more about relieving yourself than it does to protect your investment.
When you’re doing an inspection, make sure you are observant. You should be able to identify telltale signs of trouble before the situation gets worse. Roof inspections don’t have to be as bad as they sound. Often times I can spot problems years before they actually become problematic. Here are some signs from Roofers you should be looking for when you are doing an inspection on your own:
– Are you doing your roof inspections yourself? If you have to go out and do roof inspections because your roof needs replacing, be sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly. Sometimes you can miss some very important signs of problems that are easily fixable. Some roofing inspections can last up to two days!
– Are you having any fun yet? Roof inspections don’t have to be all that fun. Sometimes I’ll find major issues way up on the roof. I know because I’ve done them. I had a client whose roof had leak problems. But she didn’t want to call a professional roofer because she thought it would be too expensive.
– Are there obvious signs of damage? Sometimes it isn’t obvious that the home is damaged until a thorough roof inspection has been done. Other times the damage will be readily apparent. It all depends on the severity of the problem.
– Are you getting any bids from roof contractors? If you’re having a roof inspection and a qualified roofing contractor doesn’t show up, call him! Sometimes clients call multiple roofing contractors just to get bids on their repairs. Be sure you understand what you’re buying! Sometimes, the cost difference between doing it yourself versus letting a licensed roofer to do the job can be huge.
– Are you seeing any signs of damage around chimneys? If you have a small leak or a small fire in your house, one of the first things you should be looking for is damage near or around a chimney. If you see evidence of insect infestation, you should be concerned. Also if you smell something fishy, that could mean there’s a problem with your air ducts, also known as chimney venting. Again, you should be very concerned if you see or smell these symptoms.
It’s important for you to always get an evaluation by a professional roofing inspection company. When you hire roof inspectors, they come in and do a free inspection of your home. You can usually purchase the report after they are done. The good thing about these types of inspections is you get an assessment of the condition of your roof without a recommendation from a roofing contractor. Even though many home inspectors do recommend certain products, you should still make sure your roofing contractors are certified to do the work.
Home inspectors are trained to look for visible signs of damage such as missing shingles or other visible signs of distress such as holes in the roof. The inspectors will also look for problems that may exist below the surface of the roof but still underneath the flashing and insulation. These signs may be a mystery to the untrained eye, however experienced roofers can spot these problems. They are trained to search for evidence such as missing tiles or shingles. In some cases, visual inspection alone will not reveal minor issues that may be fixed with an expensive repair job.
Home inspectors will most likely start out by conducting a visual inspection of the attic. This is where damaged or deteriorating shingles may be found or mold growth may be starting up. Once inside, they will take detailed measurements of the roof to determine if it is safe to enter. Then they check for leaks or signs of damage or water damage. In the case of leaks or damage, they will document these issues and call you if they find further damage that needs attention.
Home inspectors are skilled at finding leaks or holes in a roof. While they cannot spot every single leak or hole, they are good at finding the most common sources of damage and leaks. If you have had a leak or hole, your roof inspector should be able to find and document it for you. He/She will most likely also be able to tell you what caused the leak or hole, the best solution, and how to prevent future leaks or holes. They can also let you know if there are any visible damages that require repairs or costly overhaul.