The Roof Inspection Process: What to Expect

As any residential roof replacement expert will tell you, your roof is too important a component to leave unattended for too long. After all, it is your home’s first line of defense, and, therefore, it may possible sustain damage over time. To ensure that your roof remains in good condition, experts say that you need to maintain it regularly, and one way you can do so is by scheduling routine inspections.

When it comes to inspecting the roof, it’s more than a roofer taking a cursory glance at the system from the ground level. There’s actually more involved in the process, and it’s highly recommended for homeowners to learn everything they can about roofing inspections.

Here’s how the roof inspection process works.

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Interior Inspection

When you’re having your roof inspected, roofing experts will first check the interior of your roof. This is because most problems can often be identified from the inside. When they’re doing this, the first thing they’ll check is the insulation. That way, they can determine if your attic has the right R-value and whether it’s in good condition at the same time. If your roof has poor insulation, heat can rise in your attic and bake your shingles from the inside out, damaging it and leaving your roof vulnerable to leaks in the process.

Apart from the insulation, a residential roof replacement contractor will also check if your roof has the right kind of ventilation so your roof can allow excess moisture and stale air out of your home. This is because without proper ventilation, the built up moisture can result in mold and mildew growth, and wood rot, compromising the structural integrity of your roof as well as your family’s health.

Finally, your roofing contractors will also make it a point to check the interior of your roof for any existing leaks and structural damage. By doing so, they’ll be able to determine if your roof is already in need of the necessary repairs or replacements.

Exterior Inspection

Once your roof is installed, and the interior of your home’s roofing system has been inspected, roofers will then move on to inspecting the roof’s exterior. To do this, they’ll first start off with checking your flashing. Remember: flashing on your roof is usually installed in the system’s weakest points to prevent water from penetrating your roof and causing leaks around your home. And, as such, your roof inspector will need to check it to ensure that it’s still in good condition or see if it needs to be repaired or replaced.

After the flashing has been inspected, your roofer will move on to checking the condition of the shingles themselves to make sure that there aren’t any missing, loose, buckling, curling or rotting pieces. If there are, you’ll need to have the affected areas or the entire roof replaced immediately as leaving these damaged shingles in place can cause leaks and other kinds of major damage to your roof and eventually, your home.

Finally, your roofers will also need to inspect the gutter system attached to your home when inspecting your roof. This is because, since it catches the rainwater that runs off your roof and safely diverts it away from your home, the gutters are another important part of your home’s roofing system, and, as they’re equally exposed, they can also sustain some damage every now and then. Therefore, to ensure that they stay in good condition, roofers will need to inspect them as well. Further issues can be prevented, and water won’t be given a chance to seep beneath your shingles to cause leaks around your home.

How to Find the Right Contractors to Help You Inspect the Roof

When doing a roof inspection, it’s never recommended that you attempt to do so on your own. This is because, most of the time, you’ll need to go up the roof and perform the examination. If you’re inexperienced, this can result in injuries to yourself and additional damages that can be costly to repair for your roof. As such, you should always enlist the services of a professional roofer to get the job done, taking advantage of their experience and expertise.

But how exactly can you find the right contractor to help you inspect your roof?

Luckily for homeowners like you, there are plenty of ways you can find the right contractor for the job. For instance, if you have friends, neighbors or family members who recently had some roofing work done, you can first ask them for contractor references. That way, you’ll know that they can indeed be trusted, and they’re as reliable and trustworthy as they claim to be.

Alternatively, if your friends, family and neighbors have not had any work done recently, you can also turn to the internet to search for a reliable contractor to inspect your roof. To do this, roofing industry pros recommend that you search for contractors and choose at least 10 of them. Afterwards, you can visit websites like Angie’s List® and the Better Business Bureau to check their reviews and see if they have a history of unresolved complaints from their previous clients. This should help you narrow down your choices. Once you have, you can begin to meet your contractors to interview them and receive estimates. After you’ve received the estimates, begin comparing them, and pick the roofing contractor who offered an estimate that agrees the most with your budget, but still offers quality materials.

Planning to install cedar shake shingles in your roof? Look no further than Summit Renovation, Inc. With 18 years of experience in the roofing industry, we are one of the best roofing companies to turn to, and we are dedicated to giving homeowners nothing but the best when it comes to products and customer service. Give us a call at (205) 994-6383, or fill out our contact form to get a FREE consultation. Talk to us today!

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