When it comes to roofing inspections, not many homeowners prioritize them as they should, we frequently take roofs for granted — unless there is a leak. However, frequent care may go a long way. The truth is that shingle roofs typically last 15 to 25 years, but that lifespan can be substantially reduced if early deterioration signals are neglected or disregarded.
Roofs are the first line of protection against weather damage to your house, and they may take a big battering as the season’s change. The sun, wind, rain, snow, lichen, trees, and anything else will cause your roof to deteriorate over time.
Quality of materials and installation are other crucial considerations. Regular inspections will ensure that the roof is well maintained and that early damage is addressed quickly, allowing you to correct minor issues now rather than replacing a neglected roof later.
We recommend getting your roof examined twice a year, in the spring and fall, as do most roofing companies.
Is a Roof Inspection Required?
Roofing inspection is an essential component of preventative roof maintenance. When you get your roof inspected, you will obtain valuable information about its condition.
A roof inspection, in particular, will answer these and many other concerns concerning the condition of your roof:
- Is the roof properly installed?
- Is the roof damaged as a result of recent hail or wind storms?
- What is the genuine state of the roof, and how long will it last?
- Is there a leaky roof?
- What, if any, repairs are required?
- What Is Involved in a Roofing Inspection?
A complete examination will involve a study of the roof’s structure from the inside and outside.
The following are the three essential processes that your roofing contractor will take:
- Interior Inspection
First, your inspector will go over the interior of the house, including the ceilings, walls, and attic, for signs of wind, water, or hail damage. Leaks within your home are an evident symptom of damage and must be addressed promptly, particularly around skylights and chimneys.
- Exterior: Roof Inspection
The contractor will then go around the outside of your home, noting the position and condition of chimneys, gutters, vents, and flashing points. At the same time, the siding and eaves of the house are inspected for exterior water stains, hail dents, and signs of dry rot.
The roofer will then mount the roof to inspect the structure, flashing, vents, and chimney. He will look for frequent roofing issues, including missing, damaged, cracked, or cupped shingles and broken shakes.
He’ll examine for granules in the gutter and downspout, which indicate that the shingles are nearing the end of their lives (shingles stripped of coating granules are vulnerable to UV radiation and will crack then break off, allowing water to penetrate the surface).
- Gutter Inspection
Finally, the state of your gutters will be assessed. The inspector will look for issues like improper installation, debris buildup, and warped material. He will inspect the hangers, aprons, pitch, and any evidence of drooping for missing sealant, holes, and leaks.