Your roof is an integral part of your home. People generally look for roof inspection services, when purchasing a property, moving to a new home, or while searching for a suitable insurance policy. While inspecting your roof in these cases is important, there are several other times when you must inspect your roofs. A damaged roof, poses a significant threat to your home’s property value, longevity aesthetics, and security. Hailstorms, hurricanes, and heavy winds shouldn’t be unknown to you if you live in Florida. So you live in a place that experiences extreme weather conditions, you should try to inspect your roofs more often. While we highly recommend our clients to ask a professional to inspect their roofs, you can also check it yourself; but for that, you’ll have to gain some knowledge on the subject.
When You Should Conduct a Roof Inspection
A majority of people hire professional roof inspectors to inspect their roofs. You may need to inspect your roof in the following conditions.
- During the annual inspection of your home or building
- You notice roof leaks or water droplets coming out of your ceilings
- You experienced an extreme weather condition such as a hailstorm, hurricane
- You think your roof has become damaged and want to make it safe for the future
- You want to improve your home’s security and prepare it for the further storms
- You’re planning to resell your home and need to increase its property value
- Planning to refinance your home
- You’ve purchased a new home and want to learn if its roof is in a good shape
- Your insurance company has requested you to conduct your home’s roof inspection
How Frequently You Should Conduct Roof Inspection
You should ideally conduct a comprehensive and robust inspection of your roof, once every year. We highly recommend our clients embark on the roof inspection project before the fall or at the beginning of the spring season. By conducting roof inspection at this time of the year you can make it secure and reliable and prepare it to stay resilient during heavy rains, snowfall, and hurricanes. If you’ll conduct roof inspections every year, you’ll be able to spot your roofing issues before they get worse and start causing damage to your property.
You should also inspect your roofs if you have purchased a home whose roof was only inspected after installation and hasn’t been inspected since then. It is very important to ensure that your home, family, and kids will be safe when the weather becomes harsh.
Types of Roof Inspection
Physical Roof Inspection
This is the simplest form of roof inspection, in which the roof inspector climbs up, to the roof and inspects it for issues such as leaks or cracks. This is also the cheapest as it only depends on the visuals.
This type of inspection is relatively detailed and hence a bit costly. If homeowners think that the roof is highly damaged, they can request for drone inspection. Typically, a drone roof inspection is conducted when nobody can walk on it to perform inspection or the roof is very steep. The drone takes videos and pictures of the roof to help the inspector have a clear idea of the overall condition of the roof.
Infrared Roof Survey
Typically, infrared roof surveys are conducted for commercial roofs. This type of inspection helps the roofing contractor or inspector see the underlying problems in your roof, and see what’s happening inside its upper membrane, without damaging your roof. It helps them identify moist areas in your roofing system. For a successful infrared inspection, you need to make sure that the slope of the roof isn’t very steep and it’s dry and clean. The inspection is generally conducted during the early morning and the weather shouldn’t be windy otherwise the results won’t be clear.
In this survey, the roofing contractor takes images of the surface of your roof by using an infrared camera and then closely looks at the images to sort out the issues that you can’t see with a naked eye.
The roof membrane absorbs heat during the daytime and cools down after the sunset. However, some areas don’t cool because of high saturation levels. The roof inspector identifies saturated materials and recommends the homeowners remove such material and replace them with dry insulation.
Integral Components of Roof Inspection
Inspection of Structural Support
This component of roof inspection includes the evaluation of the quality of support it provides to the home. In this stage, the inspector notes sagging areas of the ceiling, leaning outer walls, cracked or damaged trusses or rafters, missing or impaired rafter ties and collar ties, the condition of the gutters chimneys, vents, skylights, etc.
The Stability and Quality of the Roofing Material
This involves the inspection of the roofing materials, such as metal plates, asphalt composition shingles, slate shingles, and clay. The roof inspector closely inspects them to check if anything is missing or if there are any signs of water damage, rust, or moss.
Signs of Further Damage
This involves the inspection of attics, ceilings, and other interior aspects of the roof that you can’t see from the outside. They check the walls and ceilings to ensure there are no water spots, molds, holes, or pests and provide you solutions if they find anything you should be concerned about.
At Certified Pro Roofing, we’re highly trusted by our clients and are recognized as a reputable roofing company in Pensacola, FL. We offer the best roof installation, roof repair, roof inspection services,at cost-effective rates. We have a highly qualified team of roofing contractors onboard,who guide people on how they can overcome their roofing issues, repair the damage and restore them back to their original shape about exceeding their budget.
Feel free to get in touch with us for more details.