Roof Inspection: What To Know And Expect

Just as our bodies need periodic check-ups so do our roofs. Roof inspection is a very important preventive exercise. It ensures any defect on the roof is detected early and corrected. Late detection is very costly. The defect escalates into extensive damage that will cost much more to fix.

Roof damage may not be easily visible to an inexperienced eye. That’s why roofing experts recommend that roofs should be inspected by an expert at least once annually. Moreover, an inspection may be very necessary after adverse weather conditions like storms where roof damage is suspected. Home buyers may also commission a roof inspection for valuation purposes before finally committing to purchase the home.

Probably you have never had your roof inspected before and you wondering what happens. It’s not a complex process. Many flat roofing Dublin companies follow a standard procedure. A three step procedure: internal inspection, external inspection and report generation (recommendations and repair cost estimates).

Let’s have a look these steps in details:

Internal inspection.

People are shocked when the inspector foremost asks the access point to the attic. I’ll spare you that. The popular notion is that inspection only entails a look at the visible exterior parts of the roof. Yet there is a lot the interior part of the roof can reveal about the general state of the roof. And what is observed internally mostly informs what the inspector looks for when they go up the roof.

The inspecting official makes his way through the attic checking for any signs of roof damage. The sight of moisture or mold would be a sign of potential roof damage. These two elements are common causes of roof damage. The inspector is also on the look-out for any streaks of light in the attic which confirm the presence of cracks or openings on the roof that could cause leakage.

External inspection.

The inspector ascends the roof and checks for any signs of damage visible on the roof. The condition of shingles and flashing is checked and any defects noted. Cracks and rust which are indicators of potential roof damage are also noted. The condition of gutters and drain is also evaluated. The presence of any water or ice collection points is also registered.  External inspection also includes chimney examination. It is checked for any damage that could hinder its proper functioning.

Report generation.

The inspector then comes up with a report based on their examination. It details all the specific defects or damages noted and the recommendations of how the defects can be corrected and the damages repaired. The report also has the estimated cost of repair.

The report is not formal as such. It’s just simple documentation of the findings. And don’t worry about time, all this is done at the cite.

Where do I Find A Roof Inspector?

Many roofing companies offer inspection services free of charge. You can contact your local roofing company and enquire whether they offer inspection services. Obviously they offer the inspection service with an expectation you will engage them do the repair (in case there is any) but you are not obligated to give them the job.

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