An Overview Of Focus Areas During Roof Inspection

Posted on: 7 September 2018

Regularly inspecting and maintaining your roof is the best way to prolong its life. Here are some of the areas your roofing contractor will focus on during the inspections:

Overall State of the Roof

The inspector will assess the overall state of the roof – whether it is sagging, if there are any parts sitting at an unusual angle and so on and so forth. For example, a sagging roof may be overburdened by weight or may have weak support structures. Further assessment is needed if the inspection reveals a problem.

Flashing Condition

The roof flashing is a material, typically metal, used to waterproof joints between different sections of the roof. For example, flashing metal is used to seal the junction between a chimney and the surrounding roof surfaces. As such, it serves an important purpose and its condition must be ascertained during a roof inspection. Damaged flashing, for example, should be replaced before it can cause water damage in the roof.

Areas Around Roof Installations

If there are any installations on the roof, then the condition of the roof around them should be inspected. This is necessary because installing things on the roof is a common cause of roof leaks. For example, installing a rooftop HVAC may cause damages to the roof and leave holes that may leak water into the roof. Accidental damage, for example, those caused by dropped tools, can also cause roof damage. Then there is also the issue of frequent foot traffic to inspect, repair or set the roof systems, which may also cause damage. Therefore, if you have HVAC units, communication systems or television antennas on the roof, the areas around them should be inspected during the roof inspection.

Shingle Condition

The condition of the shingles should also be assessed for signs of damage or excessive wears. The inspector will look out for things like curling shingles, missing shingle granules, missing shingles, and broken shingles, among others. The type of damage discovered, and its extent, determine the cause of the damage and the kind of intervention needed.

Gutter Condition

If your house has gutters, then the condition of the gutters should also form part of the inspection process. This is because gutters perform a serious role in the protection of roofs. It is the gutters that ensure that any water on the roof, say from melting snow or rainfall, is safely drained off the roof before it backs up and causes damage.

Signs on the Ceiling

A roof inspection cannot be over until the inspector has assessed the roof from inside the house. This is because some forms of roof leaks are easier to detect from the inside than from outside. For example, streaks on the ceiling or ceiling discolorations may mean there is a hidden leak.

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