ROOF INSPECTIONS: THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR HOUSE
Your house is a huge investment, possible the biggest you’ll ever make. Having your roof inspected may be the single most important thing you can do to protect that investment. A roof inspection is good preventative maintenance, but it’s a job that’s too often overlooked.
As roofing contractors, we suggest inspecting your roof twice a year in the spring and fall, this is also a good time to inspect your gutters and make sure downspouts aren’t clogged up. Inspecting gutters on regular basis can alert you about future problems. If you find a lot of colored grit from asphalt shingles in the gutters, it’s not a good sign. The purpose of grit on shingles is to protect them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Grit in your gutters may very well mean your shingles are meeting the end of their life. Thus, roof inspections will help you avoid costly repairs later down the road, and are much cheaper than replacing your entire roof.
A basic roof inspection can be done from the ground, using a good set of binoculars. Getting up on a roof is a job best left to the professionals unless you feel comfortable getting up on a ladder, or you have experience being on a roof.
A roof inspection will take anywhere from an hour to a couple of hours, depending on the type, size, and shape of the roof, and can cost anywhere from $150 to $500.
When We Inspect Your Roof We Look At:
- The roof’s overall appearance both exterior and interior will give us an indication as to whether there is any physical damage or surface deterioration. Are there any missing, buckled, broken, curling, or blistered shingles? If so these should be replaced or repaired.
- Some people are concerned when they see black algae stains on their roof, these are just cosmetic and are not a reason for concern. However, if you see a lot of moss and lichen, these can be signs of the roof decaying underneath, and it warrants further investigation.
- We also look for evidence of ceiling leaks or cracks.
- Other areas that need careful consideration such as roof valleys and flashing.
- We look for cracks in the caulking, rust spots on flashing. We also take notice of the rubber boots around vent pipes, if they show signs of wear such as cracking.
- We are extra diligent when inspecting around skylights, chimneys, and vents — where water may collect. While chimneys may not exactly be part of your roof, they are part of your house and can have problem areas. We make sure to examine if the chimney caps are in place.
- We take note of the condition of fascia boards. Rotten fascia boards are a leading cause of roof damage.