Having a regularly scheduled inspection by a professional roofing company can identify potential problems across the entire scope of the roof’s materials and structural elements. In the most comprehensive inspections, the areas that will be checked include:
- The condition of the roofing materials – The roofing materials will be assessed for needed repairs, which will be called for with chipped, loose, and/or missing shingles. The inspection may also note materials that are in the early stages of wear, but don’t require repairs. For example, shingles that are starting to curl but are otherwise in good shape may be left in place but initial signs of wear should be noted for future inspections.
- An evaluation of recent repair work – This part of the inspection will examine repairs done by professionals as well as those done by the homeowners to ensure that the work was done properly and that no further repairs are required.
- A determination of issues within the system that are causing accelerated degradation of the roofing system – Systemic problems may be indicated by the accelerated loss of granules from asphalt shingles or dry rot of wood shake materials. Accelerated granule loss may be associated with an un-insulated attic that is heating roofing materials from below, while dry rot may be an indication that water is saturating materials due to slow drainage.
- Assessments of structures that are part of the roofing system – Due to the fact that a high percentage of leaks originate in areas around structures that penetrate the roof deck, a comprehensive inspection will assess the condition of flashing around structures such as the chimney, as well as vents and plumbing penetrations.
- An inspection of the attic – This part of the inspection will focus on determining how the attic is affecting the roof and vice versa. To see how the attic is affecting the roof, the inspection would check to determine whether the space has sufficient insulation as well as ventilation to prevent the underside of the roofing system from being exposed to temperatures that can reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit. A check of the attic’s ceiling will look for cracking, stains, mildew, mold and moisture to determine whether the roof is developing small leaks, with specific attention given to the immediate areas around deck penetrations such as vents and the chimney.
- A survey of the ceilings directly underneath the roof deck – This survey will check for the same indications of leaks as in the attic, including the areas around skylights.
After the evaluation of the roof is finished, a report will be created that lists the findings of the inspection, including the overall condition of the roof, repairs that are needed immediately, and areas of wear that should be monitored. This information can then be used to correct current problems and stay ahead of issues that may develop in the future, both of which can provide the highest level of protection for the structure.
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