Should I Get a Roof Inspection?

An Inspector Checks a Roof.

Should I get a roof inspection?

Most people rarely think too much about their roofs unless they see visible damage or they are experiencing problems like leaks. Your roof is a fairly vulnerable to aging and wear and tear throughout the year, and even if you see no visible damage, you may want to consider getting a regular roof inspection.

Getting your roof inspected regularly will give you a good overall picture of your roof’s condition, and can save you money in the long run. An experienced professional like those at VISION CONSTRUCTION will be able to catch problems before they become serious that may not be visible to the untrained eye. 

Some issues like storm damage, for instance, may not be apparent immediately after a storm, unless you have a trained professional inspect your roof. They can spot weaknesses, leaks, and other damage that if left unchecked could lead to serious problems later on, including premature roof replacement. Getting your roof inspected can save you money in repairs if caught early enough, and most insurance companies will allow you to file a claim for hail damage or other storm damage within 12 months after the roof has been damaged.

A roof inspection in Olathe, KS can help you save money, and the professionals at VISION CONSTRUCTION will provide you with the most reliable service available. If you want your roof inspected give us a call at 888-360-8474.

How often should I get my roof inspected?

Once you’ve decided to have your roof inspected, you may wonder how often you should get it inspected. Make roof inspection a part of your regular home maintenance routine, and get an inspection at least once yearly. 

You may also want to get your roof inspected after a major storm, especially if hail or high winds are involved. Hail and wind damage may not be readily apparent, and the sooner it’s detected and repaired, the better off your roof will be. Storm damage can also remain hidden for months, before you begin to notice problems like leaks.

What is a roof inspection?

A roof inspection is a process that trained professionals undertake that helps determine a roof’s integrity and overall condition. An inspection will give you an idea about how long your roof will last before it needs to be replaced. The inspection will also give you a good idea of what repairs may be needed so your roof will continue to last. 

What you may wonder is, “What does a roof inspection include?” While roof inspectors don’t pull up shingles or tiles to make an inspection, roof inspections are very thorough. They involve both interior and exterior checks of your roof. When checking the interior, the inspector looks at the insulation and ventilation, and for the presence of moisture and mold. Exterior inspections involve checking for leaks, and looking at the condition of your shingles and flashing. 

Inspectors look for signs of molds and leaks, shingle deterioration, and to see if your gutters are clogged. For metal roofs, inspectors also check for signs of rusting and loose seams.

How do you inspect a new roof?

Roof inspections involve both interior and exterior checks. The steps taken to inspect a roof are outlined below.

Steps to inspect a roof

Exterior

  • Check condition of shingles and tiles: When checking the shingles you’ll be looking for missing, loose, cracked, split or curled shingles, or other damage such as patches of missing granules.
  • Look for sags along the roofline: The roofline should be straight. Sags are major signs of weakness.
  • Check on the condition of the flashing: Look for loose or damaged flashing around chimneys, plumbing vents and along the dormer walls.
  • Look for clogs and sags in gutters: Gutters that are clogged need to be cleaned and sagging gutters need to be repaired or replaced.

Interior

  • Look for signs of leaks in the attic: Leaks will appear as dark stains on the rafters, and there may be signs of water trails on the decking.
  • Check for rot: Probe dark spots with a screwdriver to check for soft spots that are signs of rot.
  • Check for pinpoints of light coming through the roof: The roof may have pinholes in it that will lead to leaks.
  • Check for sagging: Sagging decking may be apparent between the rafters. Your roof will likely need major repairs or replacement if it is sagging.

Roof inspection with drone

Roofing professionals often take advantage of current technology for roof inspection. Some use infrared technology to catch temperature variations that indicate moisture build up and leaks. Others use technology like drones that they can fly over your roof. The drone inspections can actually be more accurate than manual inspections, especially accurate measurements of square footage, pitch and surface areas. They are also safer for the inspectors because the inspectors don’t have to climb on the roof. Drone inspections are increasingly being used for both residential and commercial roof inspections. 

Roof inspection when buying a house

When you’re buying a home you’ll want to have the roof inspected as part of the regular home inspection. As with a regular roof inspection, you’ll get the same information about the roof of the home you’re buying. You’ll find out if the roof needs any repairs or is showing signs of leaks or rot. You’ll catch problems like damaged tiles or shingles, and find out how long it will be before the roof needs to be replaced. The current owner may pay for the repairs or you might want to renegotiate the price based on the cost of the repairs. 

If you are selling your home, a roof inspection may be wise as part of a pre-listing inspection. You can make repairs beforehand so your home’s value won’t be affected. An inspection will make it less likely buyers will renegotiate the price or walk away from the deal altogether. Inspections establish good faith between buyers and sellers.

While making sure your roof is in good condition will be appealing to home buyers, don’t neglect your home’s interior. Your carpet needs to appeal to buyers as well. A carpet steam cleaning will give your home excellent appeal.

Roof inspection for insurance claims

If your roof has been damaged by a storm or weather event, or you suspect damage, you may want to have a roof inspection done before you’ve submitted a claim. A roof inspection by someone who is an expert will give you a more thorough analysis of the damage than an adjuster might have. You also have a chance of getting a more accurate settlement with a more detailed report. A roofing professional can also confirm the damage was done by a storm, rather than caused by lack of maintenance, which an insurer won’t cover.

How much does it cost to inspect a roof?

Costs for a roof inspection can vary from about $119 to $295 on average. Affecting the cost can be the type of roof you have and whether the inspection is manual or whether technology like drones or infrared technology is used. Drone inspections can run from $150 to $400, while infrared inspections can run anywhere between $400 to $600. Occasionally, roofing companies will provide free inspections.

A Roofer Measures a Roof.

Give us a call

When you want reliable professionals for roof inspection in Olathe, KS give us a call at 888-360-8474. We provide highly detailed inspections at affordable prices. An inspection will ensure your roof stays in great condition for its lifespan.