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Your house’s roof is its first line of defense against extreme weather, including high winds and sudden snowstorms. It’s often something we take for granted and don’t pay much attention to until we notice there’s a leak. Once this happens, you may already have much larger problems such as mold growth, damaged insulation, or even structural damage.
What Is A Roof Inspection
A roof inspection is when a qualified roofer goes on your roof to determine its structural integrity, estimate its lifespan, if any work needs to be done or if you need to replace the entire roof. A professional roofing company has procedures they follow to figure out the health of your roof without having to remove any roofing material. Roofing inspections are sometimes confused with home inspections which is not the case. Home inspections are walk-throughs that determine if your house is safe and point out any issues they find in your place. On the other hand, a roofer only focuses on your rooftop.
When you require a roof inspection, make sure you receive estimates from multiple roofing companies in CT.
When You Need To Schedule A Roof Inspection
After major storms, you should schedule a roof inspection to determine if your roof suffered damage. However, there are other times you need to make them as well. We recommend having your roof inspected at least once a year. The best time to have your roof inspected is Fall before the winter storms hit.
Frigid temperatures can compromise a new roof and repairs because they cannot seal down properly when it’s too cold outside. Also, attempting to repair icy roofs can be dangerous, so any issues discovered in the winter may have to wait for warmer weather to be fixed. Some roofing issues should be repaired during the fall, like treatment for moss and lichen. Treatments for these two things take an extended amount of time to work, sometimes up to three months. If moss or lichen are discovered during your fall inspection, treatment can work during the winter and be swept off in the spring.
If you notice any roof leaks or ceiling stains, you need to call and schedule an inspection. The first time you spot a leak, it’s not likely that it’ll be as dramatic as portrayed in the movies; instead, you’ll likely notice a dark stain or a slow leak from your ceiling.
When you purchase a new home, you’ll want to have a professional come out and inspect the roof for you. You don’t want to move into your brand new home just to find out you need a new roof after the first big storm. So, consulting a roofing expert for an inspection is your best course of action.
When renewing your home insurance policy or changing insurance companies, one of they may request a roof inspection. The amount of your premium depends on the value of your house so that the insurance company will want an accurate assessment of its condition.
What We Look For During a Roof Inspection
We look for it during an inspection depending on the roofing materials used.
If you have shingle roofing, we’ll look for the following common issues:
- Signs of water damage can be caused by many different things, from water not draining correctly off your roof to clogged gutters.
- Mold – mold growing around the chimney or in the attic are signs of water damage. During your inspection, we will pay special attention to these areas.
- Clogged gutters- if your gutters contain a lot of shingle granules, it’s a sign that your shingles are becoming worn, and it may be time to replace them.
If you have a metal roof, our professionals will pay attention to these areas:
- Loose seams – metal roofs expand and contract during the weather, which can cause screws to loosen and seams to separate, which can lead to water damage.
- Damaged flashing – flashing that’s begun to pull apart can create a gap allowing water to get under your metal roof, which can cause the panels to corrode.
- Rust- rust will eat away at your metal roof, causing holes that will allow water to leak into your home.
What To Expect During Your Roof Inspection
We will look inside your home and attic for any signs of water damage, including around the chimney. Then we’ll walk around the outside of your home and look for the following signs.
- Vegetation and debris on the roof
- Broken tiles or shingles
- Clogged areas on the roof
- Rust or other signs of deterioration on the roof flashing
- Clogged gutters
- Cracked or failing seals
If your home has a flat roof, we’ll also look for lifted overlaps and delamination of roof material.
Ready To Have Your Roof Inspected?
If you need to have your roof inspected, we’re here to help you. We’ll make this process stress-free and straightforward. Don’t put it off any longer; give your local roofers a call.