We all want a roof over our heads to keep us covered from the elements, protect our valuables and keep us safe. We hope that when we move into our homes, our roofs will do just that. We expect that after we purchase or build a house and have the required inspections done, our roofs will forever continue to do the job they were made for. Yet, this isn’t wholly true.
While roofs were built to withstand daily wear and tear – just the slightest imperfection can have devastating consequences a decade later. If you are a homeowner and can’t remember when your roof was inspected, it may be time. A roof inspection today will save you from any further trouble, and they will uncover any potential problems before they become catastrophes.
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Who can perform roof inspections?
Just about anyone can look up at a roof and point out missing shingles or a gaping hole from a recent storm. However, some problem areas are not as apparent, and it takes a little more elbow grease than looking at a roof from ground level.
As untrained professionals, most of us can spot obvious roof problems. From missing shingles to a dry attic or dry interior walls after heavy rain, we can use visual cues when inspecting the soundness of our roofs. You may not even need to get up on a ladder to recognize that everything “looks good.”
However, as a homeowner inspecting your roof, you do not have a professionals’ additional knowledge. While you can identify surface issues, a trained professional has the skills and the equipment needed to assess complications that you cannot distinguish with your untrained eye.
A professional roof inspector will check your roof for any signs of wear and tear, leaks, wind damage and identify any potential problems they see. A professional has both the skills and the safety equipment that a typical homeowner does not. They are more comfortable climbing up on roofs. They know where to look and what areas are safe to walk on.
These professionals will do more than look at your roof. They should bring with them a series of checks to go through and make sure each part of your roof is analyzed. Also, a skilled inspector can identify problem areas within the structure of your roof, pointing out features that may be secure now – but could potentially create long-term complications.
When should you schedule a roof inspection?
When you should schedule your roof inspection often varies by where you live. For those of us with roofs in the greater Orlando or central Florida area, scheduling a roof inspection before hurricane season is a good rule of thumb. While we don’t have to contend with the frigid temperatures and icy shingles like those in the north – we must contend with high gale force winds, massive amounts of water, and the potential for named storms. To ensure your roof is safe and secure before any large-scale weather systems, try to get your inspection and any work done before August-October.
What happens during a roof inspection?
A professional roofer should arrive with a long checklist of items they will look at during the inspection. After this inspection, they will go over everything they have found and provide you a detailed report of what they uncovered. A typical roof inspection is comprised of four parts:
- Structural inspection: Will look for any sagging or uneven boards within the roof or the home. The inspector will also look at your chimney and inspect it for cracks or any chimney cap damage.
- Workmanship inspection: Determines if any future problems may arise from how the home was built. I.e., incorrect flashing or skylights.
- Interior inspection: Checks the home’s inside for any signs of water damage, mold, or active leaks.
- Material inspection: Identifies any stains, moss, rust, or missing or curling shingles.
Drone roof inspection
A relatively newer procedure, many professional roofers successfully use drones and drone software to perform roof inspections. Using a drone with a camera can help an inspector safely inspect even the largest and highest of roofs. Outfitted with a camera and ready to go, a drone is safer, more efficient, and requires much less equipment than a traditional roof inspection. Not only that, but a drone roof inspection with the right software can provide a very detailed inspection report, 3D model rendering, and there is absolutely no way you could fall from the roof since drones are operated from ground level.
Advantages of roof inspections
Roof repairs can be stressful and costly. From climbing up a ladder to scaling across shingles to filling out insurance claims on damaged roofs – the whole process can be challenging. Luckily, if you schedule roof inspections, you are able to mitigate these stressful experiences and save yourself money and stop those stressful trips up the ladder. Some advantages of roof inspections are:
- Helps with insurance claims
- Will extend the life of your roof
- Know how much life is left on your roof
- Can identify problems before they get out of hand
- Feel comforted knowing your roof is safe and secure
Disadvantages of roof inspections
Homeowners often feel reluctant to spend the money to hire an inspector to come to their homes. The national average roof inspection cost is $216, although depending on the size of the home, the price can go as high as $600. The fee and the time it takes to perform this service is one of its primary disadvantages.
Questions to ask before getting a roof inspection done
Typically, your roof should be inspected annually. Unfortunately, many of us do not meet this yearly requirement, and it has been quite a few years since we went out of our way to have a roof inspection done. If you are not sure it’s time to schedule a roof inspection, ask yourself some of the below questions to determine if the time is now:
- Have I ever had an inspection on my roof completed?
If you have never had an inspection, you are past due.
- How long has it been since I have had a roof inspection?
Try to aim for a yearly inspection.
- Do you notice any obvious damage?
If you notice any visible damage – schedule an inspection or contact roofing experts today.
- Did you have a big storm and are worried about the roof?
Structural damage can occur after large storms, and if you don’t fix it immediately, the problem can spiral. If a huge storm rolls in and you believe you are affected by it, try to have an inspection after everything settles.
Schedule your inspection with GOAT Roofers
Many homeowners aren’t aware of the constant potential threats to their roofs. While your roof is there to protect you – it is still vulnerable to damage from weather, debris, storms, pests, mold, and moisture. If you are proactive and schedule regular inspections, you can save yourself from any potential future problems.
If you are ready to schedule your yearly inspection, call Goat Roofers today. Our team of Orlando roofing experts is ready to inspect your home, help identify any problem areas, save you money and extend the lifespan of your roof!