Roof Inspection Essentials

As a homeowner, you likely know that your roof needs to be periodically inspected and repaired, however it is easy to overlook until it is too late. It is important to have your roof inspected regularly because your roof is responsible for protecting you, your loved ones and belongings from the elements. If you wait too long to have your roof inspected and it fails to perform properly, the consequences can be disastrous.

 

Some of the initial consequences to an improperly performing roof include:

  • Cracks in Wall or Ceiling
  • Water Leaks
  • Water Stains
  • Window and Door Alignment

Your roof needs to be inspected routinely because just like the rest of the exterior of your home, your roof receives a considerable amount of punishment. During the course of a year, your roof experiences everything from high winds and precipitation to physical damage caused tree limbs. It is especially important to have your roof inspected after your area has experienced inclement weather.

 

The aim of a roof inspection is to determine if the roof is performing as it should while identifying needed repairs and possible future problems. In addition to visually inspecting the quality of a roofing system, a professional roof inspector will be able to identify problems which may not be obvious visually.

 

A good roof inspection should include at the minimum a survey on the general roof condition. This will consist of examining the amount of debris on the roof, physical damage, drainage and structural distortions. Some other roof features that should be inspected include:

  • Soffit
  • Fascia
  • Flashing
  • Gutters
  • Skylights
  • Chimney
  • Vents
  • Drains

Additionally, an experienced roof inspector will also know to check interior conditions and the surfaces of walls and ceilings for signs of the roof system not performing as expected. The condition of the attic is often a great indicator for a roof inspector to gauge the performance of a roof because it is the first area to suffer damage if the roof is not performing well.

 

After the inspection has been completed, your inspector should provide you with some form of inspection report or checklist. This report or checklist should include remarks on the areas identified above. Whether or not the information seems important at the time, it is important to hold onto these documents for future reference.

 

If you work with a reputable roofing company when hiring a roof inspector they will have extensive knowledge and records on your roof when it comes time to perform repairs or replacement. This will ensure those who perform the repairs are well informed on the condition of your roof and provide the exact services you need.