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What Everyone Needs To Know About Roof Inspections

April 18, 2022
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Most homeowners have a hard time identifying roof damage.

That's why it's important to schedule regular roof inspections.

Roof inspections give your roof the care it deserves, and it's an excellent way to learn about any issues and potential roofing problems so they can be addressed before an emergency arises.

All roofs, including metal roofs, shingle roofs, and tile roofs, all need to be inspected to spot things like roof leaks and structural issues to ensure their longevity.

A roof inspection should be performed by a roofing professional regularly and immediately after a major storm.

If you've never had a roof inspection before, below are a few things you should know.

What's A Roof Inspection?

When a certified roofing professional inspects your roof, they are essentially calculating how long the roof will last until it needs to be replaced.

An insurance company will do this to calculate how much of a risk your roof is to insure.

A roof in poor condition will likely earn you a higher premium.

You may even have difficulty getting your home insured until the roof is repaired or replaced.

If you watch an actual insurance roof inspection, an inspector may or may not get on top of your roof.

During a professional roof inspection, the inspector can visually verify your roof's condition from a distance on the ground or a ladder.

Drones might be used to view your roof during a general inspection, so your inspector may not need to access the roof at all.

But your roof's shingles aren't the only part of your roof an inspector assesses.

Your inspector also looks at:

  • The roofing material
  • Flashing
  • Clogged gutters
  • Algae growth
  • Vent pipe covers/ rubber boots
  • Caulking
  • Signs of water intrusion/ mold on the inside


Warning Signs You Need A Roof Inspection

Leaks and drafts are two obvious signs your roof is damaged and needs to be inspected by a professional roofer.

In addition to visible water leaks, you should also look for dark streaks and stains on your ceiling.

These are often indicators your roof is leaking and moisture is damaging your roof and home's interior.

Cool drafts aren't always 100% attributed to your roof, but a faulty roof can cause problems with proper air circulation and ventilation.

It can also cause your energy bills to rise.

But even if you don't notice signs that you need your roof repaired or replaced, thorough inspections by a professional may reveal damage that is not apparent to the untrained eye.

So, scheduling an annual roof inspection is always a smart idea.

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When to Schedule a Roof Inspection

You should schedule roof inspections at least twice a year.

Ideally, inspections should be done in the spring and again before winter.

This will allow you to catch minor roof damage before severe weather turns it into major repairs.

That's why you should also schedule an inspection after severe storms.

Not all roof damage is visible and severe weather has a way of hurting the integrity of your roof without making it look damaged.

Staying on top of your inspections will help you keep residential roofs in good condition.

Even if you're fairly certain that your roof is okay, it's best to play it safe.

The last thing you want is to discover that a loose shingle created a major leak that's causing structural damage to your home.


What To Expect During A Professional Roofing Inspection

A professional roof inspector is going to check for a few things.

They'll first look for noticeable signs of damage or leaks, wear and tear from an aging roof, and other issues that can occur from poor installation or maintenance.

They'll also check on previous repairs.

To ensure they hit every area, roof inspectors break up their inspections into four categories; structure, material, interior, and workmanship.

This ensures every aspect of the roof is inspected.

They'll look at the chimney, soffits, gutters, and any other system associated with your roof.

To do a thorough inspection that checks for leaks and water damage, expect them to do an exterior and interior inspection.


What's The Difference Between An Interior and Exterior Inspection?

An interior roof inspection includes checking the attic for proper insulation, ventilation, moisture, and mold.

Exterior inspections include climbing onto the roof and checking the condition of your shingles and chimney, as well as for leaks and proper flashing.

When the inspection is done, your roofer should give you a detailed guide of what needs to be repaired along with a plan that will get it fixed properly.


Inspections Aren't Maintenance Appointments

Proper roofing inspections tell you what's going on with your roof and what repairs need to happen.

However, they are not a substitute for regular roof maintenance and repairs.

They're a precursor.

To take care of preventative maintenance tasks, you have to know what's going on with your roof.

Roofing inspections as a regular part of your maintenance routine allow you to stay on top of damage and significantly extend the life of your roof.

The average asphalt shingle roof lasts for about 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

Neglect will shorten that lifespan, and you'll end up paying for a premature roof replacement.


Give Your Roof The Attention It Deserves

Roof inspections are the best way to stay on top of maintenance and identify damage before it threatens the safety and integrity of your roof.

To get your roof inspected by professionals, contact the residential roofers at TK Roofing and Gutters.

They have inspected countless roofs in Ohio, and they are ready to help you today.

They can also perform inspections, so if you aren't comfortable doing it, they can do it for you.

Don't let a minor repair turn into a complete replacement.

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