What is included in a roof inspection?

Shingle roof damaged and in need of inspection

Protect your roof with inspection

Whether you are getting a roof inspection for insurance or a roof inspection and repair, it can be a little worrisome for a homeowner. Why? Because it often ends up costing money. From roof repair, replacement, or homeowner’s insurance increase (or even policy cancellation). By having a roof inspection and gutter cleaning at the same time though, it can extend the life of your roof and avoid that worrisome insurance inspection.

Still, the whole process of a roof inspection leaves homeowners asking questions like, “Should I get a roof inspection?” and the answer to that is yes, once a year is the industry recommendation.

It is easy to assume that if you don’t have a leak, then your roof is okay. However, the wrath of Mother Nature, the climate, and the environment can wreak havoc on a roof. Your roof is more vulnerable than you may imagine, and a roof inspection by a qualified roofing contractor can catch the small issues. Any type of a flaw with a roof leaves your home open for potential problems. 

A roof inspection will find roof damage that you can’t see from the ground, and if caught in time, the repairs are much less expensive than a full replacement. This is a proactive maintenance step that every homeowner should take annually or after a hailstorm or high winds. 

How long does a roof inspection take?

A professional roof inspection will take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours, it is all dependent on the size of the house, the access to the attic, or attics, and any unforeseen issues.  The roof inspection checklist contains four facets:

  • The structure:  The roof inspection is looking for sagging, uneven roof planes, the condition of the fascia, gutter system, and soffit and the chimney and venting.
  • The materials: The roof inspection is looking for curled, loose, missing shingles.
  • Checking for any missing fasteners or flashing, algae, moss, rust, or stains. The inspector will look for shingle aggregate in the valleys and gutters. The inspector is looking for any deterioration or gaps around the vent pipe’s rubber boots and seals.
  • The interior: The roof inspection will include checking at the ceilings and walls of your home, the attic(s), looking or mildew, mold, rot, and/or stains that indicate possible roof leaks.
  • The workmanship: An experienced roofing inspector will perform a thorough roof inspection that includes examining the workmanship of the existing roof. Old, worn roofing and poor workmanship are the two major causes of roof leaks. This includes flashing that is incorrectly installed around roof penetrations such as the chimney, skylights, and plumbing vent pipes

How often should you have your roof inspected?

There are several factors in play that determine how frequently you should have a roof inspection performed by a professional roofing contractor, such as the type of roofing materials, and the conditions the roof has been exposed. The general guideline for roof inspection is:

  • Three years for asphalt, composite, or wood shingles
  • Five years for tile roofing

If a homeowner sees any visible damage, they should have a roof inspection done immediately.

roof damaged marked with chalk for repairs

When should I replace my roof?

A roof replacement isn’t always needed because of storm damage. Sometimes they simply reach their end of life, they are worn, beaten down by the climate and UV rays.  Replacing the roof is many times for preventive maintenance, but if you delay that step, you could be setting yourself up for bigger problems. Therefore, a regular roof inspection is recommended – to find those issues before they become a problem.

The warning signs that are telling you to get a new roof sooner than later are:

  • Bald spots where asphalt granules are missing.
  • Cracked or curled shingles.
  • Your roof has hit the 20-year birthday. Even though manufacturers give a 30-year warranty, it is almost certain that it is getting worn out by the twenty-year mark.
  • The roof looks aged, old and worn out.
  • Your neighbors are having new roofs installed. Homes in neighborhoods are typically built during the same timeframe, thus things are wearing out around the same time.
  • Dark stains and streaks from airborne algae. Not only does this look bad, but it is eating away at your shingles. If you have not had your roof professionally cleaned, that algae, the lichen, and mold are having a picnic and it is making your HVAC system work harder because it absorbs heat from the UV rays.

Your home is an important investment for you, and with that investment, it needs investments to keep it healthy and safe.  A routine roof inspection by you each month with a walk around for visual indications, and a professional roof inspection by a licensed roofing contractor once a year is always recommended, no less than every three years. Call (570) 266-8208 today for your roof inspection in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Scranton, PA.