The Ultimate Roof Inspection Checklist
As a homeowner, you know how important a roof is to your house and everything inside it. You probably also understand how expensive roofing repairs and replacements can be. Therefore, it is important to have regular roof inspections. You can inspect the roof yourself; however, you are likely to miss out on a lot of serious issues. Sometimes a roof may have serious damage that an unprofessional eye can’t see. Therefore, if you have any concerns about your roof, or have experienced really bad weather, it is recommended that you schedule for a roof inspection with a certified roof inspector.
Roof inspections will bring to light minor problems before they cause further damage to your home or roof. This will give you the chance the rectify things before it’s too late. Remember, the older the roof, the more vulnerable it becomes. Your roof may look fine, but a careful inspection may reveal a hidden damage. So, don’t let a superficial inspection lull you into a false sense of security.
A certified inspection company has the necessary knowledge, experience, and equipment to spot any roof damage and other potential problems easily. This will save you a lot of time and headaches. Here are the some of the things that will be on your inspector’s checklist:
- Debris and visible damage
First and foremost, your inspector will look for obvious signs of damage, including structural deformations, debris and dirt, standing water, blocked gutters, as well as broken downspouts. Any other obvious roof damage should be repaired immediately.
- Exterior structural components
Your inspector will then check the exterior parts of your roof. These parts are inspected for missing components, rot and rust. They include: chimneys, fascia, drip edges, decking, and vents. Roof leaks tend to form around vents, chimneys, and skylights. If they are not rectified in a timely manner, they may cause damage to the sheathing, underlayment, and joists of the roof which could lead to potentially expensive replacement or repair costs.
- Interior roofing components
If your roof is old and is not regularly inspected and maintained, chances are that it has some interior damage. Often, interior damage of a roof is not easily noticed. Therefore, you need regular roof inspections; it will bring to light any hidden problems that your roof may have. For sloped roofs, it is difficult for an untrained eye to locate the damage on the roof. This is because the location of a leak may not necessarily point to the damage on the roof. If you suspect your roof is leaking, the roof trusses and rafter should be checked for mold, mildew, and rot which indicate extensive structural damage.
While you may get up on a ladder to perform a roof inspection yourself, chances are you will miss a lot of important things such as improper flashing, structural issues, gutter damage, rot, and even leaks. Moreover, as a safety precaution, you should not attempt to climb a ladder without the proper stabilization and safety equipment. Let a professional handle it! At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we are certified roof inspectors. Our services are top-notch and second to none. Call us today for an all-inclusive home inspection.