Keeping your roof in top condition is essential to protecting your home from the elements. Whether it be sun, rain, hail, or snow, the weather here in Colorado can be intense, and maintenance is key to the weather-resistance of your roof.
A professional roof inspection is a crucial part of any home roof maintenance routine. Not only will an expert once-over catch existing damage to your roof, but it will also pinpoint potential issues before they occur. Catching roofing problems early on will save you from expensive repairs and even a full roof replacement, in the case of major damages.
Here, we’ll break down what homeowners can expect during a roof inspection. Once your inspection has been completed, you can feel confident that your roof is ready to go for the months to come.
What to Expect During a Roof Inspection
During a home roof inspection, the inspector will complete an interior and exterior assessment to check for damage.
If your roof is causing water damage to your home, an interior inspection will help identify the problem. In an interior roof inspection, your roof inspector will want to check out your attic and other rooms that may be affected by a roof leak. They’ll inspect the interior ceilings and walls for mold, rotting materials, water stains, and signs of moisture seeping into your home.
During the interior inspection, your roofing professional will also check for proper ventilation and insulation. Ventilation is important in roofing to help regulate your home’s temperature and prevent excess moisture from damaging your attic. Roofing insulation helps to improve your home’s energy efficiency by preventing heat transfer from your home out through the roof.
Roof inspections also involve checking various aspects of the exterior of your home. These include:
Your roof needs a sound structure to stand the test of time. During your roof inspection, the inspector will check out various aspects of your roof’s structure, including:
Uneven or sagging roof planes are signs that your roof may need repairs.
Soffit and Fascia
The fascia of your roof is the (usually wooden) board that’s attached to your roof’s lower edge. The soffit is the material placed in between the roof’s eaves. Your inspector will check these roof components for damage.
Your home’s gutter system provides proper drainage after rain, hail, and snowstorms. The inspector will check out your gutters to find any damage, clogging, and leakage.
Your chimney will be checked for damaged grout and cracks. The chimney caps will also be assessed for damage.
Whether due to regular wear-and-tear or weather damage, roofing materials can start to break down over time. It’s important to check roof materials regularly to ensure that your home doesn’t become exposed to the elements.
Your roof inspector will check the condition of your shingles, noting any that are broken, loose, curling, or missing. Any shingle aggregate that has accumulated near gutter downspouts or roof valleys will be recorded. This often indicates that you may need a roof replacement soon.
During your roof inspection, the inspector will also check your roof’s flashing, ensuring that adequate flashing is in place at the dormers, side walls, valleys, and eaves and rakes.
Other signs of wear-and-tear that will be checked for during your roof inspection include:
- Decay or gaps in vent pipe seals
During a roof inspection, the inspector will likely also check for mistakes made during installation that could compromise the longevity of your roof. For example, improperly installed flashing, shingles, and nails could be noted during a workmanship inspection. By addressing these issues now, you can avoid more extensive damage (like roof leaks) in the future.
Wrapping Up Your Roof Inspection
Once the inspector has fully assessed the condition of your roof, they’ll draw up the details in a full analysis. The report will detail any damage to your roof that will need repair. If repairs are recommended after your roof inspection, make sure to enlist the help of a skilled roofing contractor ASAP. By addressing roofing issues promptly, you can prevent further damage and the need for major repairs in the future.