What Do Roof Inspectors Look For?

What Do Roof Inspectors Look For?When roofs turn 15 years old, or when they’ve sustained damage in a storm, roof inspections are necessary to get a full picture of the roof’s condition. Only then can an educated plan be made to address its issues, whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. Indeed, a roof inspection is often the first step of any roofing service. What do roof inspectors look for?

Common Issues With Aging or Damaged Roofing Systems

Generally speaking, a roof inspector will look for signs of damage, like broken or missing shingles, as well as evidence of moisture leakage or any debris that may have fallen onto the roof. They can also look for organic issues, such as mold growth, and identify questionable workmanship on previous repairs that may have affected the roof’s integrity. Inspections can be broken down into four categories:

Structural Inspection

The inspector will look at the structure of a roof for indications that it is deteriorating. Examples of issues that can be identified in a structural inspection include uneven roof planes, areas that are sagging, improper attic ventilation, and worn-down flashing around chimneys vents.

Material Inspection

The roof inspector will also check the condition of the shingles—are they cracked, shedding granules, or growing moss? Are some of them missing? Your inspector may also examine the gutters, soffit, and fascia of your home for signs of wear and tear.

Interior Inspection

Sometimes the clearest indicator of roof damage is moisture infiltrating the home. A roof inspector may ask to enter the home to look for stains on the ceiling, mold growth in the walls, or rot in the attic.

Workmanship Inspection

Unfortunately, not every roofing contractor adheres to the industry’s best-installation practices. Subpar workmanship can lead to issues with the roofing system, which is why an inspector will take a close look at how the roof was built.

Making an Educated Decision

After the roof inspection is complete, the homeowner can make an informed decision on how to remedy the roof. For instance, a full roof replacement—an involved process requiring a substantial investment—may be avoided if the roof has only a few problem areas that can be addressed with some quick repairs.

Who Should Inspect Your Roof?

Considering how important the roof is to the wellbeing of your home’s entire structure, it’s wise to hire an experienced and qualified roofing company for the inspection. At Advantage Roofing, we specialize in a range of residential roofing services, including roof inspections, replacements, and repairs. We can get to the bottom of your roofing woes and make the insurance claims process easier thanks to our thorough roof inspections. From there, we can upgrade your roof to a high-performance system that will stand the test of time.

Trusted, Reliable, Recommended

Advantage Roofing cares about our customers and their homes. That’s why we back our roof replacements with a “Better Than Lifetime” workmanship warranty, which matches the duration of the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. We also provide a roof inspection one year after we install a new roof to confirm that it performed as intended across the changing seasons.

To learn about our roofing services and why we’re the preferred roofing company serving the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, area, contact Advantage Roofing today.

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