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Roof Inspection: What to Expect and to Request

Your roof is vital to the well-being of your house and those who live in it. Without a strong and healthy roof, the comfort and condition of your home or business can be in jeopardy. However, scheduling a regular roof inspection can alert you to the potential problems with the roof and help you get them fixed before they turn into something major. 

Identifying problems and getting repairs done early can help keep your roof in top condition.  Likewise, it can also help you save money on its replacement. And sometimes it can even save you money on your home insurance (learn how).

Likewise, it’s a great idea to get an inspection for a roof anytime you’re buying a home.  Even when the homeowner is selling “as is” you’ll want to know the condition of the roof and its structure.

When you schedule an appointment with a professional roofing company, you need to understand what to expect from the inspection and the things you can request the company to add to your inspection. 

Usually, a roofing inspection will include five parts – Interior inspection, exterior inspection, material inspection, structural inspection, and workmanship inspection. A professional roofer will include all the following procedures during a proper roofing inspection.

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Any damage to your roof will lead to damage to your home’s interior. Inspecting the interior of your home or commercial property is one of the sure ways to identify whether water has been getting in. The roofer will first inspect the inside of your house for water damage to areas such as ceilings, walls, and the attic. He will check for signs of moisture, leaks, aging, and mold. He’ll also check for streaks of light entering from outside in the attic.

Next, the roofer will check the outside for signs of damage or wear and tear. He’ll climb on the roof and check for missing shingles, damaged flashings, leaks, or cracked caulk. Professional roofers have the proper training and equipment needed to inspect your roof safely.

Depending on the location and type of home you have, the roofer will check the roofing materials. If you have a shingle roof, they’ll check if the shingles are loose, curled, or missing. Plus, they will examine shingles for hail damage and excessive granule loss. On the other hand, if you have a metal roof, they will check for dents and other kinds of damage. No matter what type of roof you have, you’ll want to ensure that the roofers are thorough and experienced enough to check for any sort of damage.

Experienced roofers will be able to tell you if your roof needs to be repaired based on its structural integrity. They will make sure there are no sagging areas or soft spots on the roof. They will also check the soffits, fascias, gutters, chimneys, and other parts of the roof. If these are not in good working condition, they can cause long-term damage to your roof and compromise the roof structure as well.

A professional roofing inspection also checks the quality of installation of the roof. Flaws in the installation can greatly decrease the life of your roof and lead to leaks, cracks, and other problems. Even other parts of the roof, such as the gutter system or the skylights, can be installed incorrectly, leading to further damage to the roof over time.

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Once the inspection is completed, the roofer will provide you with a written report that includes the roof’s condition, recommended repairs, and the estimated cost of the repairs needed. 

While you can perform your own roof inspection, there are plenty of benefits to having a professional roofer check it for you. They have all the necessary tools, equipment, and safety gear to perform a thorough inspection. They also have the expertise to recognize the signs of potential problems and recommend repairs or even replacements, so you know what needs to be done next.

Would you like a free roof inspection? Call the professionals at Roof Lux today for friendly, reliable service and a free estimate, too.

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