A roof is one of the most important and expensive components of a house, so it is very important that it is in perfect condition so that it can protect you and your home from leaks and damages. If you are in the process of buying a home or your area recently experienced a severe wind or hail storm, it is important that you schedule a roof inspection to ensure its condition is not compromised in any way.
Some homeowners want to inspect their own roof but for mortgage and insurance purposes, this cannot be done as a lender will need to see an inspection report from a certified or licensed roof inspector. You can complete a visual inspection for broken shingles and other signs of damage if you feel comfortable going on the roof, and this is something you can do if you suspect damage and want to check before calling in a roofing contractor for repairs. Remember that a roofing professional has all of the right tools and the experience to tackle this job safely and they have the skills to detect smaller problems before they become more serious. For these reasons, it is always better to use a roofing company for inspection purposes because they are qualified for the job and will provide you with accurate information regarding the current condition of your roof.
It is recommended that you have your roof inspected once a year to ensure it is in good condition. If it is a newer roof and there is no reason to suspect any damage, you can complete a quick visual inspection yourself if you feel comfortable but you should still schedule a full inspection from a roofing contractor at least once every few years for peace of mind. Their inspection will also provide you with a general idea of how long your roof will last, which will be based on the age and current condition of your roof.
A roof inspector will look at a number of things like flashing, coping and caulk that join the different sections of your roof together. Flashing and coping are types of covers, while the caulk is a material that fills gaps. An inspector will look at all three of these items to see if they are loose or missing. They will also check for rust and other signs of leaks during the process. They will check for cracks, missing or loose shingles, drainage issues and more. They will combine their findings with basic information like the age of your roof, who installed it, its construction type and its warranty and will provide you with a detailed report accordingly. Once you have this information, you will know whether you need to repair or replace your roof.