Your roof is one of the most valuable components of your home and a prime investment. At the same time, it is also one of the most vulnerable areas of your home and therefore requires protection. If you don’t pay attention to proper maintenance and inspections of your roof, it will eventually lead to premature failure and unanticipated expenses.
Therefore, getting a roof inspection is crucial to retain its long term value. It is highly recommended that the roof be fully inspected at least twice a year and after every storm or severe weather event. For Florida residents that can be a challenge. At the very least, have it inspected before and after hurricane season, and consider doing so after a major storm that has caused damage.
When you hire a professional to inspect the roof of your house, you must be aware of the following facts about the roof inspection:
A licensed roofing contractor and/or an inspector from South Florida Home Inspection will look walk the roof to inspect the following areas. Home inspectors are not obligated to walk the roof when doing a general home inspection.
- The inspector will examine the roof-covering materials to detect any signs of damage, sagging and ageing.
- He/she will inspect the gutters to see whether they are clean or not.
- He/she will check on whether the downspouts are properly maintained or not.
- The vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations will be inspected as these areas are most vulnerable to developing leaks.
- A licensed roofing contractor or an inspector from South Florida Home Inspection Association will perform water testing if requested. The water test will determine exactly where a roof is leaking if there is an area on the roof in question.
- The inspector will look at the general structure of the roof to assess its condition and possible issues.
- A licensed roof inspector will give an opinion for a roof replacement within the next 5 years as “low, medium or high”.
After the inspection, the roof inspector will describe what issues the roof may currently have.
There are different roof-covering materials such as asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes, clay and concrete tiles and so on. Each of them has individual issues. The inspector will describe the type of roof-covering material of your home and what possible issues are associated with the same.
The inspector will point out the areas that need repair or replacement.
The roof inspector will let you know which areas need correction, based on his observation. For example, if there are indications of active roof leaks, he will convey to you that they need repair or replacement.
There are certain things that you shouldn’t expect from the roof inspector.
- It is not his/her task to examine underground downspout diverter drainage pipes.
- The inspector is not supposed to remove snow, ice, debris or anything else that obstructs the inspection of roof surface. So do yourself a favor and make sure that when you hire a roof inspector, you clear off any debris that may block a clear view of your roof.
- He/she is not entitled to move insulation on any part of your roof.
- He/she will not inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments.
- If he/she thinks any area on your roof is unsafe, the inspector will not walk on it.
- If the inspector feels any area on your roof can cause damage, he/ she will not walk on it.
- He/she is not entitled to give any warranty or certification on your roof.
- The inspector also does not verify the appropriateness of any fastening or positioning of any roofing material.
South Florida Home Inspection Association is a leading provider of all kinds of home inspection services. If you are planning a roof inspection, contact the company for a full-service impartial inspection. The inspector will furnish you with a thorough report on his/her findings with recommendations on repair, replacement and maintenance. For more information, visit the company at http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/services/roofing-issues/.