Roof Inspection: Checklist and All You Need to Know

Roof is the pivotal element in the entire house, and unless it is protected thoroughly there could be some vast consequences.

Your roof has to be inspected in detail and as a mindful homeowner ensure that there are no water leaks, wind damage, heat, and cold damages present to ruin the stability and longevity of your home.

Whether you are preparing for a wintry season, preparing your house for sale, or it’s high time to make some crucial renovations, scheduling a roof inspection is a must.

It’s of utmost importance for a roof to be in meticulous order so you can have a safe-proof home, get an adequate insurance policy if you want to enlist your home, and/or receive a mortgage. Here is a thorough checklist and a neat guide about roof inspection.

Have Professionals Inspect Your Roof

Have Professionals Inspect Your Roof
Source: American Home Shield

If you want to ensure there are no cracks or leakages or to be positive there are no damages (visible and invisible) made to the roof, you might want to call a certified and/or licensed roof inspector. With experts, you would get a tangible report which you could later hand in to the insurance agency.

Secondly, only when an expert checks the roof from top to down can you rest assured that nothing is neglected since they have qualified and experienced staff who can immediately provide you with exact information on the status of your roof and tell you what the next step is.

Work With The Best Materials Only

Work With The Best Materials Only
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Most homeowners tend to inspect their roofs once a year, while others do that even scarcely, depending on the roof’s material. Roofing material and roof insulation types play a vital role in determining the longevity and quality of your roof. Some people don’t want to spend a fortune rebuilding the entire roof but rather place an extra layer of protection before the inspection and utterly safely keep the roof from major hazards.

For instance, if you want to prevent heat loss, save money in the long run, and maximally improve energy efficiency in your house, you need to look for the highest quality roof insulation types such as fiberglass, rigid insulation boards, or spray foam insulation to adequately protect your roof.

On the other hand, those who wish to replace their roof must look into the quality of the roofing material. Anyone striving to do a complete roof reconstruction might consider changing the roof material in order not to have any problems like damaged insulation, structural issues, growth or mold, or similar. Some of the best roofing materials remain asphalt shingles, clay, or concrete tiles, but slate and metal roofing have risen in quality and durability.

When to Set up Roof Inspection?

Very often people tend to have their roof inspected when they spot a faulty shingle, when the leakage occurs, when there is water damage in the house, and basically when it’s too late. Most water damage caused on the house is due to faulty roof, so the best time to have your roof inspected is now.

Depending on the shelf-life of your roof, the season, and weather hazards, you can immediately detect the need to inspect the roof. Sometimes that can be after a heavy hail storm or severe wind. All in all, to prevent any serious damage it’s advisable to have your roof inspected twice a year, especially after severe weather conditions.

Roof Inspection Checklist

Roof Inspection Checklist
Source: Hays + Sons Complete Restoration

Whether you opt to call the professional inspection specialist to complete the roof inspection expertly, or you first want to perform a quick, inexpensive look before you sound the alarm, here is what you need to do.

  1. Inspect the roof from the grounds: walk around the outside of the house and check whether there are any signs of damage, sagging, or aging from the ground. If you spot algae, moss, or piled-up leaves even in gutters, it might be a sign of potential leakage.
  2. Roof surface: look at shingles and see if some are curled, cracked, or buckled. Depending on the age of your roof, old or missing shingles can cause vast damage, and replacing a few may prevent significant problems.
  3. Inspect flashing, coping, and caulk: various joint sections, rust spots on flashing, cracked caulk or coping covers, and areas around the chimney can rust, fall off, go missing, or get loose easily. Inspect for any signs of leaks and rust and tack that issue ASAP.
  4. Check drainage: Nothing should obstruct your gutters and any narrow areas in the roof. See if the downspout is clogged and if there are any signs of rot or water penetration.
  5. Sign of decay: Moss, algae, lichen, poor shingle installation and many other things can cause roof damage, and if you spot even a small decay indication, address the issue before it gets more serious.Don’t wait for the trouble to arise and make things worse, but when there is no problem or when you believe that nothing is to be done, call for experts to run a quick check-up.

Read Next: 5 ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE DOING A ROOF RESTORATION

Terrill Welch
Terrill Welch
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