If you are thinking about having a professional roof inspection, there are a few things to consider. Here's what to expect and the three primary areas of inspection:
When people think of visible damage, they tend to think of missing roof membrane, debris and other prominent signs that the roof needs repair. Those are important signs, and a professional roof inspector will note them and study how extensive the damage is. For example, if the roofing plys are missing, then the decking may have become damaged or may have started to rot, which could mean a much more significant replacement job is needed.
However, other types of visible damage are much harder to notice, and you may not recognize them at all. Hail, for example, can cause tiny cracks and punctures in the roofing sheet that you may not be able to see unless you get up close, but that can cause a lot of problems if not repaired. Flashing can also become rusted, warped or weather worn which allows leaks to form but is difficult to notice from a distance. In other words, it's important to remember that there are many types of visible damage, and a close inspection by a trained professional is necessary to find some of them.
Note: Some predatory scammers will claim that they have found damage to your roof and that they need to fix it right away, and they may go after small businesses. Sometimes double-checking is best!
Exterior Structural Components
This includes all roof components and connected parts of the building as well, including chimneys, vents, edges, decking, fascia, and more. All these components should also be inspected for any signs of damage or wear. The rooftop around chimneys or vents can be particularly vulnerable, and it's important to make sure that these areas are properly sealed.
This is also a good time to look for what's not there. Are your gutters properly installed for their weight? Is your chimney/vent protected from wind, elements and bird nests? Are you protected against ice dams? A good inspector can point out which features your roof may need and help you arrange for the right services.
Interior Roofing and Ceiling Components
Yes, the interior of the roof is also important during an inspection – this includes ceilings, attics, insulation, rafters, crawlspaces, and related areas. One good example here is the dreaded ceiling leak. Where is that leak coming from? It could have wormed its way in from a very different spot on your roof. A professional inspection can verify just where it came from.
These inspections can also note more insidious problems, such as a lack of attic ventilation that can cause increased condensation and possibly mold in your building. Professional roof inspections can help detect problems often looked over by building owners.
Want to learn more about what an inspection provides and find the right time for yours? Schedule your consultation today!