Why get a roof inspection? Roof inspections make it possible to see potential problems and issues before they cause major damage and expenses.
Whether you are buying or selling a home, a roof evaluation and assessment is a necessity. If you are in the market for a new home, a damaged roof can result in thousands of dollars of unplanned expenses. If you are in the process of selling your home, a damaged roof puts you at risk of a lower selling price or missing out on a potential buyer. For first time home buyers, roof inspections are required by lending institutions before a loan is approved.
Ultimately, a roof inspection is an important preventative measure to make sure that your roof is keeping your home dry and safe.
What Is a Roof Inspection?
A roof inspection is a check performed to evaluate the health of your roofing system and determine if repairs or a replacement are necessary. This should be performed on an annual basis to identify issues early on and keep your roofing system in top condition.
In Utah, your roof is exposed to a good deal of harsh weather conditions day in and day out. This may include high wind, hail, rain, snow, ice, and temperature extremes. This makes it necessary to have regular inspections of your roof, typically every 3-5 years, to make sure the full system is working properly.
A professional roof inspection should also include areas where your roof ties into the home systems, this includes soffits, skylights, fascia, gutter systems, plumbing and heat ventilation, wall flashings, chimneys and more.
At ReRoofIt, our general contracting experience gives us the background to understand how all the unique parts of your home come together, which helps us determine a solution that will support the health of your home as a whole. A thorough inspection by our professional team will give you the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that your home will be protected for years to come.
What Do Roof Inspectors Look For?
Your typical roof inspection process will begin with a visual assessment from the ground doing a full perimeter check. Once this is complete, we move to the roof itself. The roof inspector will look for signs of wear and tear, wind damage, sun deterioration, ice damming, and more. Here are a few of the things you can expect during a roofing inspection:
- Curling or Damaged Shingles
- Exposed nails
- Cracks in pipe flashing
- Verification of proper caulking and sealing
- Ventilation quality
- Proper installation of the roofing system
- Signs of rot, mold or roof sag
- Inspection of areas prone to leaks
The roof inspector should also check for improper install of drip edges that can cause the roof system to fail completely at all of your eves. This results in rot of the plywood and deterioration of the shingling and ice damage. A thorough assessment of your roof is necessary to determine the best course of action to fix any of the issues that are found. Some of these issues can be addressed through roof repairs while others may require a full roof replacement.
At ReRoofIt, we offer both residential and commercial roof inspections to identify problem areas and outline solutions to keep your roof in prime condition. Give us a call today at (801) 907-5177 to schedule your assessment with a professional roof inspection company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regular roof inspections protect your home or business by identifying issues early on before they have the chance to cause serious damage and associated expenses. Banks may also require roof inspections during the process of buying or selling a home or commercial property and they are required for first time home buyers before a loan can be approved. Additionally, a professional roof assessment may be required by your insurance company following storm damage to cover the repairs.
A roof inspection often involves an evaluation of both interior and exterior components of a home or building. The interior portion of an inspection will typically include checking the attic for proper insulation, ventilation, moisture, and a general review of structural integrity of the roofing system. The exterior inspection entails a wide range of points such as:
- Signs roof material aging and degradation
- Ice damming
- Damaged or missing shingles
- Penetrations in the roofing system
- Missing or damaged flashing
- Adequate ventilation
- Mold, rot, or algae
- Proper roof system installation
- And more
A good roof inspector will also assess components of the residential or commercial structure that tie into the rest of the building. Some examples include soffits, fascia, gutter systems, skylights, heating and plumbing ventilation, and chimneys.
At ReRoofIt, our roof inspections include a comprehensive inspection report documenting the current condition of the roofing system, the estimated lifespan, and all issues identified on the roof.
A high-quality roof inspection should start on the ground to check the full perimeter of the home or building, an assessment of the attic space, and then move onto the roof itself to complete a thorough evaluation of the system. Some of the roof inspection check points include: leak prone areas, signs of wear and tear, damage to the components of the roof, and verification of a proper roof installation job.
Whether you have a new construction project that involved a roof installation, or you’ve recently had your roof fully replaced, it’s wise to get the roof inspected. While it may seem counterintuitive to have a roof inspection after installation, the unfortunate truth is that subpar roof installs are not uncommon. Even if you have a new roof built with quality materials, if it is not installed properly the roof can quickly begin to degrade and cause damage to the rest of your home or commercial property.
If you’ve just had your roof installed or replaced, and want to get an inspection done, get in touch with ReRoofIt for a complete roof inspection report.
Schedule an Inspection with ReRoofIt Today
With a quality roof inspection, you will be taking the first step toward keeping your home safe and leak-free while prolonging the life of your roof for years to come. Call us at (801) 907-5177 or fill out this short form to schedule an assessment with a qualified roof inspector in your area.