10 Jan What Goes Into A Detailed Roof Inspection?
Your home’s roof, like so many other aspects of your home, should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Without a detailed roof inspection, you could be leaving your home and family vulnerable. Serious roof damage can go unnoticed, if an Indianapolis roofing contractor does not perform a detailed roof inspection on a regular basis.
A detailed inspection has the potential to reveal small issues that can be included in a roof repair job rather requiring your entire roof be replaced. At the same time, the inspection could identify larger issues that need to be addressed before they become damaging for your entire home.
What to Expect During a Detailed Roof Inspection
When it comes to performing a roof inspection, not every roofing contractor provides the same level of attention to detail. Some, may only be focused on the more cosmetic damage that can easily be seen without doing any thorough investigation. This type of inspection can lead to inaccurate quotes and missed damage. A more thorough, detailed roof inspection, however, will reveal areas of potential concern that could lead to more damage along with the cosmetic damage easily visible. The intent of the roof inspection is to find all of the damage and potential damage to ensure your home and family remain safe.
During the Roof Inspection
A roofing professional will look at the following roof components in an effort to make sure your roof is performing properly:
- Improper or Cracked Flashing: Flashing is the strip of metal used to keep water from entering your home where two or more roof surfaces meet. When the flashing is improperly installed or cracked, it can easily allow water to leak into your home causing structural and cosmetic damage.
- Missing or Broken Shingles: Missing or broken roof shingles are often a sign of hail damage and other roofing issues. During the roof inspection, a roofing contractor will carefully examine the state of your roofing shingles looking for damage that could be signs of hidden issues or issues yet to happen.
- Cracked or Worn Rubber Boots: Rubber boots on your roof are installed around vent pipes and electrical service mast pipes. Like the flashing mentioned above, when the rubber boot is cracked or becomes worn over time, it no longer has the seal needed to keep water from entering your home.
- Mold and Moss: When mold and moss start growing on your roof, it’s a strong sign of an underlying issue. Typically that issue involves roof deck decay, which means the structure holding your roof up is damaged and in need of repair.
- Structural Damage: If exterior signs point to structural damage, your roof inspection will undoubtedly include an interior inspection. The roofing pro will climb into your attic to examine insulation, ventilation, and moisture. If something on the inside of your attic is causing a problem, then it will only be a matter of time before there is an exterior problem.
- Gutter Installation: Your gutters are more than a cosmetic part of your home’s exterior. They are actually a large part of the roofing system. If the gutters are loose or damaged, then they won’t adequately perform their job, which is to direct rain water and melting snow away from your home.
How long has it been since your roof was inspected by a professional roofing contractor? If it’s been over a year, then you need to have a detailed inspection performed because your roof is constantly facing harsh elements like the sun, hail, high winds, and heavy snowfall.
Hoosier Contractors is happy to provide you with a no obligation roof inspection. During our inspection, we’ll walk you through what we’re looking for, what we find, and the right remedies to your roofing issues. Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection!