There are times when you will need to have your roof inspected. But what should you expect when your roof is inspected? Below are some of the things that will happen during your roof inspection.
Exterior– Your inspector is going to check out the exterior of your roof first more than likely. So here are the things that are involved with an exterior inspection.
Shingles – The inspector will look for loose and missing shingles, along with shingles that are missing asphalt. They will also check your shingles for dents, cracks, and dings and shingles that have algae or are rotting. Algae is important because it can cause your roof damage.
Flashing – When an inspector checks the flashing, they are looking to make sure that it’s properly connected and that it’s been put in the right places like the valleys, eaves, around your chimney, side walls and dormers. There’s a certain flashing amount hat needs to be put in the areas so that there isn’t eakgage and so that it can properly repel water and ice. There are times when felt or tar paper’s used but that can also lead to leaks, so if your home is older you might want to upgrade.
Chimney – The inspector will look at its flashing and the masonry. They want to make sure that there aren’t any types of structural hazards.
Gutters – They will assess the connection points and the drainage. They will also look at the dents along with making sure there isn’t any hazardous rust. They will also make sure everything’s secured to your roof properly.
Soft Points – When the inspector is there, they will walk on your roof and make sure that there isn’t any give. Soft spots could mean that there is mold or rot. Your roof should be solid and any type of soft points need immediate addressing.
Interior – Once the inspector is done with the exterior, they will come inside and take a look at the interior of the roof. Below are the things that they will look at during this part of the inspection.
Water Damage / Leaks – Because the roof’s interior isn’t covered using shingles, it’s a lot easier to see if there’s water seeping in. there will usually be a wet smell before you are seeing water marks. But simply because you don’t see any marks on the ceiling from your home’s main levels it doesn’t mean that there isn’t one that’s starting in the roof in your home.
Pests – The inspector will look for signs of pests. If there’s nests, shredded insulation, eaten/hollowed wood, or hives, it’s possible that you have a big problem with pests in your home. Bugs and animals are finding a way that they can get in. This means that there is some kind of damage that you have to fix. If you have damage from termites, this can cause big problems with your structure.
Insulation – The inspector will check out your insulation. They will make sure there is plenty and that it’s intact. They will also check your R-Value, which is resistance to the flow of heat. When the value is very high, it means that your home has high insulation power.
Ventilation – They will also check your ventilation. When your home is improperly ventilated, it will raise the risk of mold and moisture. When it’s properly ventilated, it helps your attic’s air flow and it creates a warmer attic during the winter and a cooler attic during the summer. It helps with reducing your energy consumption along with helping with preventing ice dams.
When the inspection’s being completed, your inspector will likely be taking notes and pictures. This won’t just be for your knowledge so that they can make a quote that is accurate when it comes to repairs but also if it needs reporting to the insurance company. As the owner of the home, the inspector should give you a detailed written report. This should tell you about what was found, the repair details and the costs.
The company that is doing it should let you know what are most pressing if you have a problem with cost. The company also should let you know when the work can be completed and how long the warranties are that you’ll receive if you get any.
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