How to Prepare for Your Roof Inspection

As a homeowner, your top priority is keeping your home in tip-top shape, and this means your entire home, including its roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that homeowners have their roofs professionally inspected twice each year: once in the spring and again in the fall. You should also have your roof inspected by a pro roofer after any sort of major storm or natural disaster, just to be on the safe side and guard against any impending problems that might cause you a headache (and lots of cash) later on.

But why’s it so important?

Your roof is arguably the most expensive component of your home. If you’ve ever had to replace a failing roof, you already know this. And even the most durable and strongest roof can be riddled with weaknesses. A semi-annual roof inspection can help you to spot structural damage to your home before it becomes an issue and ends up causing total roof failure. Roofs often have damage that a homeowner can’t spot just by looking. It takes a trained eye to really determine the shape of your roof.

What Does a Roof Inspection Involve?

A proper roof inspection by a professional involves inspecting your roof inside and out. To assess the roof properly, the roofing professional will probably head to the attic to check for proper insulation and ventilation, and to look for mold, moisture, and sunlight. Outside, the roofer will look for leaks and wear and tear and examine the roof for proper flashing, including the side walls, rakes, eaves, valleys and dormers. He will also ascertain the condition of your shingles and look for ice dams, which can indicate an issue.
The roofer will make sure that your roof:
  • Has proper flashing with a leak barrier of at least 3 feet
  • An underlayment that repels moisture and ice
  • Is leak free and free from signs of water damage
  • Is free from mold and rot, often visible as dark spots or water damage marks
  • Is not sagging; there’s no natural light coming through the roof
  • Has no shingles that are rotting, buckling, curling, loose or missing
  • Is free from algae growth
Roof inspections take less than a half-hour, usually. When making recommendations for major repairs, your roofing professional will take many things into consideration, including the overall condition of the roof, the cost of repairs versus replacement costs, the material the roof is made of, and the anticipated remaining useful service life.
After a thorough assessment, your roofing professional will advise if any problems exist that need attention, and if so, make a plan for fixing any trouble spots. Any recommended solutions will be detailed on a written estimate and given to you.
There’s really nothing you need to do to prepare for your roof inspection other than giving the roofer access to your attic or crawlspace when he arrives and being prepared with any questions you may have. Contact A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction today to schedule your FREE inspection and estimate!

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