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What do roof inspectors look for?

shingle roof with flashing issues

Choosing a roof inspection

There are several important components to your home that are needed to keep it standing and protected. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to check all the components from time to time to make sure they are in proper condition to do the job they are expected to do, and this includes the roof.  So, does mean you need to climb up there and do a roof inspection?

Not specifically that you need to do the roof inspection but having a professional roofing contractor perform an inspection is recommended. Many roofing contractors offer a roof inspection free, estimate included if there are any repairs, or a new roof, needed. This should be done once a year as routine, but most importantly, you want a roof inspection for insurance purpose after a major storm has passed through your area, like a hailstorm or strong winds. 

When should you inspect a roof?

It is recommended by professional roofing associations, a roof inspection should take place when the weather is usually at its best, usually fall and spring. Good weather will make it easy to inspect the roof and make sure it is ready for the upcoming season. 

As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, a roof inspection should be done after a key weather events like hailstorms and high winds. Even if you have a new roof, inspection after active weather should be done. A new roof does not mean the bad weather passed over your house. Even the most minor roof damage should be addressed so that it doesn’t become a major roof issue. 

How do you check for roof damage?

The roof of homes in every region will have different roofing problems because of the different weather patterns. So, while this roof inspection checklist is intended to help every homeowner, it may need to be tailored for your specific region. The good news for most homeowners: you don’t have to get up on the roof to this roof inspection. You do need a ladder and a pair of binoculars.

Moving your ladder around the house, you’ll look for the following potential problems on and around the roof of your home: 

  • Broken, cracked, curled, or missing shingles
  • Cracked or curled caulking or sealant
  • Patches of algae, lichen, mildew, moss
  • Cracked, missing, split, peeling, worn, rubber boots around vent pipes and other projections
  • Bent, cracked, missing, or rusted metal flashings around the chimney, dormers, and vent pipes
  • Damaged or missing chimney caps
  • Blistered, buckling, cracked shingles
  • Bent, broken, loose, or rusted gutters
  • Crumbling or missing mortar around chimney
  • Tree branches and other large debris

If your roof has asphalt shingles, check the gutter and downspout for an abundance of granules. It is normal to have some granule loss, but an extraordinary amount could indicate weak shingles. Areas like under the eaves and roof overhang can be hard to see with the naked eye from the ground or the ladder, and that is where your binoculars come in handy during a roof inspection.

Do home inspectors have to get up on the roof?

They should!  A roof inspection is important and there are many aspects of a roof that can’t be seen from the ground or standing on a ladder from the roof’s edge. A roof inspector that doesn’t walk the roof should be questioned. 

An experienced, reputable, qualified roof inspector will routinely climb their ladder sot he can check the overall condition and sturdiness of the roof. They are also looking for any defective areas and possible leaks. 

How do you perform a roof inspection?

There are ten steps a roof inspection will cover from the roof top: 

  1. The roof covering 
  2. The fasteners 
  3. The deck sheathing 
  4. The slope and underlayment 
  5. The ice barrier 
  6. The drip edge 
  7. Any offset pattern 
  8. The roof valley flashing 
  9. Nail penetration in deck sheathing 
  10. The flashing areas

These are recommended best practices by the International Residential Code and include the following items: 

  • Roof covering materials: asphalt shingles, ceramic, metal, slate, tile, etc.
  • Flashing and fasteners
  • Underlayment

Experienced roof inspectors are knowledgeable in most roofing material manufacturer’s installation instructions and use that as a guideline as what to expect of each roofing material, the fasteners, flashing, and underlayment. 

roof inspection of shingles

Can you inspect a roof in the rain?

A roof inspection in the rain is possible depending on how hard and heavy the rain and the type of roofing material.  A light rain and an inspector wearing the right type of shoe shouldn’t have a problem. Because an inspector may not be able access certain areas of the home. there are situations and times when the exterior part of the roof inspection may need to be rescheduled. Your concern should be that you get a high quality and thorough inspection, interior and exterior. 

When you hire a professional roof inspection, you want to choose a contractor that can the roof inspection and repairs if needed. They may be able to do any repairs while there if it is minor, but they are not always going to have the exact match in roofing materials and may have to come back. 

Get no less than three inspections and quotes if the roof needs repair or replacing. Check their references, certification, license, and insurance before hiring a roofing contractor. Always get the quote in writing and make sure all aspects of the inspection, repair, and new roofing are listed within the quote. Call 888-360-8474 today.