Having a basic understanding of what’s covered during a professional roof inspection can help you make the most of a routine inspection, allowing you to maximize your investment in routine roofing maintenance.
But what should you expect during a professional roof inspection?
Inspection of the Roof Structure
A professional roofer starts by checking different components of your roof, such as its ventilation system (composed of the soffit and fascia boards), gutters and the chimney. Particular attention is given to seams or any part where the roof meets a different surface. Seams are the weak point of a conventional roof, which is why they need to be routinely inspected.
Assessment of the Condition of Roofing Materials
If there aren’t any issues with the roofing components, the contractor moves on to the roof’s exterior. The pro will check the roof’s outer surface for any cracks or signs of wear and tear.
What are the warning signs of an aging or failing roof? It depends on the kind of roofing material. For instance, asphalt shingles, one of the most popular roofing materials in the country, lose their ultraviolet (UV) resistant granules embedded in them over time. A dislodged granule or two is not a cause for concern, but if granule loss is so severe that bald patches start to appear on your roof or granules start accumulating in your gutters, you might need to replace your roof soon.
Inspecting the Interior
If the roofers find signs of roof damage, they’ll inspect your interior to see if water managed to make it all the way into your interior.
Evaluation of the Roofing Installation
A roofer will then assess whether your roof was installed properly or not. Installation errors can compromise your roof’s performance and even shorten its lifespan. To avoid costly installation errors, you should only hire qualified roofers.
Looking for qualified roofers? Here’s a hiring tip: roofers certified by manufacturers like GAF have already undergone vetting.
Safe Harbor Exteriors, a GAF-certified company, offers professional roofing and siding services, including roof repair and siding installation. To get a free estimate, call us at (913) 553-3620, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Shawnee, KS, as well as the surrounding communities.