Getting your roof inspected is an important part of maintaining the safety and structural integrity of your home. Your roof plays a big role in protecting your house, and many issues can spiral and become big problems if left unaddressed. Getting a professional inspection as part of your routine maintenance is integral to the health of your home. Arizona roofs especially may face problems from the intense heat they take during the summer months, which can wear down the surface of flat or shingle roofs and dry out underlayments on tile roofs- making roof inspections even more important.
What Should I Expect From a Roof Inspection?
Roof inspections usually have two major components: an exterior inspection, and an analysis. Occasionally your roofer will do an interior inspection. While interior inspections are rare, roofers may check your ceilings, walls, and attic for leaks, moisture stains, and other signs of roof damage – an interior inspection is something you should do once or twice per year, carefully checking ceilings and walls for moisture damage. In addition, they’ll check and make sure there is proper ventilation.
During exterior inspections, the roofers will first go around the house to look at the eaves and overhangs for signs of damage from leaks; then they’ll climb on top of the roof to check components of the roof system which will include surface wear, flashings, roof penetrations, underlayments, valleys, and gutters.,
When the roofers are done with their inspection, they’ll write up an inspection report, which will either signify that everything is in order or give an estimate for any repairs needed.
Roof Inspection Checklist
There are many different kinds of damage and wear that can affect your roof, and they’re not all obvious or easy to see. Among other things, while performing a roof inspection, roofers will look for:
- Cracks, water stains, and leaking in interior walls and ceilings,
- Mold and rot on interior ceilings, walls.
- Condition of drainage system
- Condition of roofing materials (tiles, shingles, etc.)
- Condition of flashings and roof penetrations (pipes, skylights, chimneys, etc.)
- Debris and buildup on the roof and in gutters
- Signs of rot or rust.
What Is a Roof Inspection Report?
A roof inspection report is a document detailing the results of the roof inspection given to the homeowners after an inspection is performed.; Inspection reports include details about the roof’s age, manufacturer, and technical information about the roof; a detailed report of the findings of the inspection, including any issues or damages found; and, if applicable, estimates for repairs or replacements needed.
Roof inspection reports often use terminology that non-roofers find unfamiliar — feel free to ask your roofing contractor for clarification if you’re confused by anything.
What To Do After a Roof Inspection
What you need to do after a roof inspection depends on what was found during the inspection. If the inspection turns up issues that need to be repaired, you’ll want to schedule those repairs as soon as possible – getting them fixed immediately is imperative for the safety of your roof.
However, if the roof inspection declared that your roof is in good shape, you’re good to go! Just remember to schedule another roof inspection for about a year from now to ensure the continued health of your roof.
Are you buying a new home, selling your current home, or just want to make sure your roof is in good condition? Call Roofstar Arizona now at (480) 426-1915 today to schedule a roof inspection. We’ll tell you the truth about your roof!