Why roof inspections should be part of your home maintenance regimen.
Why Roof Inspections are Important
The roof is the most important part of your house. It doesn’t just keep you and your belongings safe from the elements; it prevents rain, snow, hail, wind-carried objects and even intense sunlight from damaging your home’s frame and innards. Exposed to so many sources of environmental stress, roofs are susceptible to failure due to heavy wear and tear.
What to Expect During a Roof Inspection
The purpose of a roof inspection is to accurately assess your roof’s condition: the extent of existing damage and what, if any, repairs should be performed. The inspection itself has two parts, the interior and exterior roof inspection, and a post-inspection phase where the repairs are planned out. To put it in more detail, these are the steps of a full roof inspection.
The Interior roof inspection
During this part, the inspector assesses the condition of the interior of the roof from the attic. That is to say, they will inspect the inside of the roof for:
- General degradation due to wear
- Proper insulation
- The presence of mold, mildew, and moisture damage,
- That the attic is properly ventilated.
The exterior roof inspection
Here, the inspector will get up onto the roof itself to look at:
- Damaged or loose shingles
- General wear and tear
- The condition of the flashing (side walls, eaves, etc)
- Ice dams
- The condition of the chimney
The planning stage
After the condition of the roof, inside and out, has been assessed, it’s time to devise a plan to address any problems that may have been discovered. The inspector will create a plan for action if there is anything that needs to be done right away, and will write a detailed estimate including their recommendations for solutions to any problems.
Regular Roof Inspections Prevent Long Term Problems
Because roofs lie out of sight, most of the damage that your roof incurs can go largely unnoticed unless it causes a visible problem inside, such as causing leaky ceilings when it rains or allowing cooled air to leak out during the summer or heated air out during the winter.
Having your roof inspected regularly keeps these problems from cropping up and ultimately keeps your home maintenance costs down. This doesn’t have to be done every year – tile roofs should be inspected about every five years, while less durable materials like wood, asphalt, or composite shingle roofs should be inspected every three years. If your roof needs an inspection soon or is already past due for one, get in touch with us to schedule an appointment or get a quote!