What to Expect During a Roof Inspection

If you’re looking to buy a new home or are a seasoned homeowner, knowing the condition of your roof is critical. Hiring and scheduling an inspector to come look at your roof is the first step, but what happens after that? What should you expect the next time someone comes to inspect your roof?

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Day of Inspection

Without proper home maintenance, you might have to have your roof repaired or replaced. Problems ranging from leaky roofs to curled shingles could be a sign of a bigger issue. Whether you’re thinking about scheduling a roof inspection or want to see if you can do it on your own, there are important features to check. 

  1. Introduction
  2. Interior roof review
  3. Exterior roof review
  4. Details discussed
  5. Recommendations

1) Introduction

A roof inspection usually starts with an introduction between the inspector and the homeowner. If you’ve never worked with the roofing company before, this meeting will most likely be your first impression of their quality and service. As a homeowner, you should have a list of questions prepared to ask to ensure they have the  experience and qualifications to perform a roof inspection.

2) Interior roof review

After you’re able to meet the inspector, he or she will ask for permission to enter your attic. Inspecting the roof from the inside identifies potential problems that might be caused by the roof. The inspector will ensure that there is proper ventilation and that the insulation hasn’t been compromised in any way. If water stains are present, he might report that there is moisture or mold growing. 

3) Exterior roof review

The next step will have the roof inspector go outside. He will walk around the house to check for a proper gutter system and roofing problems that can be seen from the ground. Next, he’ll use a ladder to go up on the roof to check for weathering and water damage. Issues ranging from leaks, ice dams, the condition of the asphalt shingles, proper flashing, and the chimney quality will all be reviewed.  

Pro Tip: Installing a comprehensive gutter system not only increases the longevity of your roof but can greatly improve the water buildup around your home.

4) Details discussed

After the inspection from the ground and on top of the roof have been completed, the inspector will review his findings with you. If there is an issue that is discovered, he will most likely create a course of action to protect your home and provide an immediate solution.

5) Recommendations

Once you’ve been able to review the inspector’s report, the inspection will likely end with a recommendation. If you’re selling your home, the findings could be sent to the new owners so that they’re aware of the roof’s condition. If you’re interested in repair or replacement, the recommendations can be forwarded to a roofing contractor for consideration.

Need a Roof Inspection? 

If you think you might have roof damage or are looking to spruce up your curb appeal with a roof replacement, we are proud to offer free estimates of your roof. Our inspectors are certified and trained to provide the best recommendations for your home.

Still have questions? Contact one of our professional contractors today about all of the roofing services we offer.