Free Roof Inspections
With this Roof Inspection service, all roof surfaces, roof penetrations (pipes, vents), and flashings will be inspected. This is Roof Inspection is NOT to be confused with a “Storm Damage Roof Inspection“. The roof will be visibly inspected from the ground in most cases, or at a minimum from a ladder at the roof’s edge. OSHA Law’s & Requirement’s would request us to use and install safety hooks and ropes and harness equipment to properly inspect your entire roof system. Roof pitch and height sometimes prohibit us from safely getting on the roof. We leave these request up to our experisnced Roofers not our Sales Representative’s. As with all of our services, you will be informed verbally by our Sales Representative, He or She may also show you pictures and videos to better understand. Since a roof is a major component of your home, this service is commonly requested by realtors as part of a home sale or purchase to assess the condition of a roof and determine the estimated remaining life expectancy.
We perform Roof Inspections upon request, and we charge a nominal $600-$800 fee to cover our costs. However, that fee is deducted if we provide you with a full new Roof replacement estimate and you contract with us to do the work. We also perform inspections as part of our annual maintenance service – see Roof Maintenance for additional information.
Roof Inspection FAQs
- Why should I get my roof inspected?
- When it comes to roof inspections, what you don’t know can cost you. A roof can have “silent” leaks for years before you see any evidence of a problem. For example, water leaking in through a small nail hole will eventually rot the roof deck and then start to drip down through your ceiling before you ever notice there is a problem. By that time the damage is more extensive and requires a more costly repair than simply replacing the damaged shingle. Having your roof inspected can reveal these problems BEFORE they cause damage on the inside of your home.
- What type of problems could an inspection reveal?
- Generally, a roof inspection will reveal either (1) your roof is OK, (2) you need repairs in one or more areas, or (3) it’s time for a new roof. When you have your roof inspected, be sure to ask questions about any problems that are reported to you, especially if a new roof is the recommendation. A good roofing company should be able to explain their findings to your satisfaction, including providing pictures as needed.
- What should be checked when I have my roof inspected?
- First of all, check the roof surfaces and inspect for evidence of excessive shingle wear in one or more areas. Common problems of an aging roof are blisters (raised “bubbles” in the shingles), loss of granules, or curling.
- Next, check for “soft spots” on the roof where water damage may have caused the roof deck to rot. This can be found in valleys (where two roof surfaces meet and form a “V”), areas near flashing or penetrations, or where there is a nail hole. Nail holes can be from scaffolding used by siding installers (if they don’t caulk them when they are finished), or nails that have popped loose from the roof installation. These are slow leaks that require only a minor repair if they are caught early enough.
- Finally, check all roof penetrations and flashings to be sure they are secure and watertight. Look for evidence of damage to the shingles or surrounding roof area, and along walls and chimneys to be sure flashing is secure.
- How often should I have my roof inspected?
- At a minimum, we recommend an annual inspection as part of a roof maintenance program, especially if your roof is over 10 years old.
- When should I have my roof inspected?
- We recommend that your annual inspection is during the winter months to catch any damage from the past year and prepare the roof for the spring rains.
- If you are buying a house, it’s a good time to have the roof inspected by a roofing professional as most home inspectors perform inspections from the ground and could, therefore, miss what only a surface inspection can reveal.
- Any time you have your roof repaired, have the repair technician inspect your whole roof instead of only looking at the problem area.
- Can I perform my own roof inspection?
- We encourage you to do a visible inspection of your roof from the ground and from your attic (if accessible) a few times a year. You will often catch the beginning signs of shingle wear (curling, blistering, or tearing), gaps or cracks near the chimney or walls or around plumbing pipes, or wet spots on the roof deck. But unless you can safely and easily access your roof, we encourage you to contact a roofing professional for all roof surface inspections and roof repairs.