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What is a roof inspection report?

As a homeowner, scheduling a roof inspection with a certified roofing contractor could save you thousands of dollars as opposed to waiting until you have a problem. You can have a roof inspection and gutter cleaning done simultaneously, which with most gutter cleaning services, a roof inspection is typically included, but if not, request one.

Every roofing contractor will have a different process to inspect a roof and a different format in their roof inspection report.  However, regardless of their process and the format used, the information and terms within the report are basically the same.

A roof inspection report will start with general information such as the name of your insurance company, age of the roof height, size, and slope of the roof.  The inspections typically include estimates for repairs or replacement as the inspection finds the need. A roof inspection report will also have the contractor’s findings and suggestions of possible problems that are recommended to be addressed, such as tree limbs on the roof.

Other information included on a roof inspection report is an industry-based item, typically in terminology that you may need an explanation of, such as grid diagrams and basic roofing terms.

What is included in a roof inspection?

A professional roof inspection will vary depending on the roofing material your home has. For an asphalt shingle roof, the common areas and issues the roofing contractor will look are:

  • Water damage: There are many different possible issues caused by water damage, with the number one issue being water that isn’t draining from the roof. This is often because of gutter problems such as clogs, damaged, or improperly installed. Other issues could be damaged flashing, broken or missing shingles.
  • Mold: It is not unusual to find mold on roofs at the chimney and around HVAC or plumbing vents. This can be from airborne particles or it can be from extreme water damage.
  • Deteriorated shingles: The roofing inspector will look for loose or missing shingles and/or well rotting shingles from algae growth.
  • Gutter Issues: The roof inspection will note if the gutters filled an extreme amount of shingle granules. This can be an indication that the shingles are wearing out and it may be time for roof replacement. Excessive amounts of shingle granules will weigh the gutter system down, breaking it loose from the house as well as clog up the downspout.

For metal roofing, the top priority is a roof inspection for leaks and if there are any, the causes. The areas that roofing contractors will pay special attention to during a roof inspection:

  • Loose seams: Metal roofs contract and expand with the temperature, screws loosen, and the seams start to separate. When this isn’t repaired, the underlying structure can be damaged from condensation and water buildup.
  • Damaged or loose flashing: If the flashing on a metal roof is damaged or has come loose, it creates a gap and water will seep underneath. This will lead to corroding under the metal panels.
  • Rust: Any rust will eat your metal roof, that is the last thing you need. Rust will eat large holes in the metal roofing and water will be able to leak inside your home. Over time, enough rust will cause a metal roof to fall apart.

As a homeowner, you can do your own roof inspection in between the regularly scheduled inspections by a contractor. It is also recommended that you do your own inspection after a storm with hail or high winds.  Your roof inspection checklist should include the following:  

  • The flashing: Is there cracked caulking or rust spots?
  • Shingles: Do you see any blistered, broken, buckled, curled, or missing?
  • Vent pipes: Are the rubber boots cracked or worn around the base of the pipes?
  • Chimney Cap: Is damaged or missing?
  • Algae, lichen, moss: Are there any small areas or large masses of these on your roof?

Are roof inspections free?

Most roofing contractors will offer free roof inspection, especially in an area hit with hail or high winds. Any roofing contractor that does charge a fee will deduct that amount from any cost of repair or replacement you have done by them.

How often should you have your roof inspected?

For asphalt or composite roof inspection, the general recommendation is every three years. For a metal, tile, or wooden shingled roof, the general recommendation is every five years. Regardless of the material type of roofing your home has, a roof inspection should always be done after a storm, especially after hail or high winds.

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How long does a roof inspection take?

A professional roof inspection will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour for most houses. They will begin by examining the roof’s exterior surface condition and then come inside the home, especially in the attic.  They inspect the eaves, fasteners, interior chimney surface, roof braces, and support material. Larger houses or houses with various levels may take longer.

A roof inspection may seem like a waste of money and time if you aren’t having any issues. As a homeowner, a roof inspection will catch possible problems before it cost you a lot of money and become a major inconvenience. Let’s get started on your roof inspection today! Call 860-508-0021 today for quality roofing services from Hartford Restoration Services.