Keeping your roof in good condition is critical. Whether you are looking to impress your neighbors, liven up the exterior, or improve the value, the first thing anyone sees is the exterior. A safe and properly ventilated roof in good condition increases the value of your house. Most first time home buyers overlook this step, which is why we recommend a roof inspection before any purchase or sale of a home. While a good roof may last over 20 years, having your roof inspected after every few years will certainly increase its lifespan. Again, an inspection can save you the dear costs of having to replace the entire roof by doing repairs on the existing one.
What Is Included In A Roof Inspection
A roof inspection is a process of determining the level of integrity of a roof; its wear and tear levels, how long it can last, and whether or not it needs repairs or replacement. Roof inspectors use special procedures to determine the lifespan and condition of a roof without having to tear into it. The procedures include looking for any wear and tear signs on every roofing material like the shingles. The chimney, fascia, skylights, vents, gutters, and downspouts will also be looked at to find out any wear and tear on them. They also look for any signs of damaged flashing points or if they are missing altogether.
While roof inspectors can assess your roof visually, they also use special equipment including binoculars. Factors like the type of roof you have, its slope, and the size of your house may determine the charges you will pay for a roof inspection. However, many roof inspectors have a flat rate.
Roof inspectors will use infrared roof inspection when they are unable to assess the roof themselves. They use infrared rays to find exact parts of the roof at lower or higher temperatures than the other parts of the roof. This way, the inspectors will know where heat is escaping more than other areas. It would mean, therefore, that there is a weakness and wear on that area of the roof. When using infrared inspection, the inspectors don’t even need to touch the roof’s surface to assess its integrity. In most cases, such inspections are priced differently from standard checks.
Types Of Roof Inspections
The types of roof inspections depend on the roof materials. For instance, an inspector will check for rot on wooden shingles; fiberglass shingles inspected for cracks while metal roofs are inspected for rust. Depending on the climatic conditions of where you are, roofs should also be inspected for moisture damage, blow offs, and tear. It is advisable, therefore, that you look for a roofing inspector with inspection experience around your area and your roof type. It is also worth noting that roof inspections rates may depend on the expertise needed to work on a particular type of roof. Also, some roof inspectors will charge a little more for an attic-view interior roof check.
However, you need to beware of contractors with limited experience. Be sure you are hiring a reliable, reputable, and established professional roofing inspector. You, therefore, need to do your homework before hiring one and it wouldn’t hurt to ask for references.