Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home. It provides valuable protection for you, your family, and your possessions against the outdoor elements. Roof inspections are necessary to ensure that it lasts as long as possible and here’s what to expect during a roof inspection.
Examining the Exterior
The first step in any roof inspection from a certified roofing contractor is to inspect the exterior components. According to Forbes, roofing shingles can last up to 30 years before needing to be replaced. However, wind and severe weather can knock them loose beforehand. Roofing contractors will also check the flashing around the chimney, windows, and skylights. Finally, a contractor will inspect your gutters to ensure everything is working properly.
Checking the Structure
A roof inspection will consist of inspecting every part of the roof, including the aspects underneath the shingles. To do this, a professional will go into the attic to look for proper ventilation, rotted roof decking, and any other damaged wood. While doing this, a roofing contractor will also check for signs of leaks, such as water damage, mold, or light shining through in between shingles.
Determining the Next Steps
If the homeowner suspects weather-related damage, a roofing contractor can do a thorough inspection. This is to determine if the shingles are brittle, missing, cracked, or if they have broken seals. A professional will determine if damaged shingles need to be either repaired or replaced. Repairs tend to be a temporary solution until a full replacement is needed.
An important part of every roof inspection involves talking with the homeowner. A roofing contractor will ask questions about the roof, such as when it was installed and what repairs have been made in the past. They’ll want to know about any evidence of previous water damage inside the home. If there’s evidence of a leak, they’ll need to see the location from inside. During this discussion, it’s important to let professionals know if you have any concerns about your roof. Working with a licensed and insured contractor is essential. You also need someone with the knowledge and experience to assess your roof properly. When you’re ready for your next roof inspection, call Eenigenburg Exteriors. We’d be happy to help!