Legacy Home Inspection always encourages you to get to know your home before you buy. This includes taking a long hard look at the roof, even in a new home. Here are some suggestions and photos that show you what you could run into. Call us today and we will guide you through the process and help you get the right solution..
A roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Add a once-a-year reminder on your calendar to go out on a warm day and fix any problems you find.
If you’re squeamish about heights, don’t worry. You can do a thorough inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars.
Or, you can get up close and personal with your roof using a ladder. However, there’s no need to get up on your roof just yet. The less you walk around up there, the better for your roofing — and the safer for you. Work your way around your house, noting any potential problems.
Here’s what to look for:
• Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
• Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
• Missing or broken shingles.
• Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
• Missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)
• Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
Legacy Home Inspection always recommends that you take time to really know your home before you purchase. We have high winds, extreme weather and other factors that ensure you will need to understand your current roof condition. When we inspect your home we go from roof to foundation. Here is what we do when we inspect your roof.
What does a roof inspection include?
Experts say one benefit of scheduling a “peace of mind” type of roof inspection every one or two years is the ability to catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger. It’s also helpful to get a professional estimate of how much useful life your roof might have left.
Here are common components an inspector will examine:
- Overall appearance of the roof, both exterior and interior. This will indicate whether there’s surface deterioration or any physical damage.
• Evidence of ceiling cracks and leaks.
• Condition of fascia, gutters and drains, skylights, chimneys and vents.
• Curled, broken or missing shingles.
• Areas where water may collect, like roof valleys.
• Damaged or missing flashing points.
Should you hire a contractor to inspect your roof?
There are a couple of reasons to consider hiring an expert roofing contractor. For one thing, climbing a ladder and getting on a roof can be dangerous. For another, there could be subtle signs of problems that only an expert would notice.However, it pays to beware of roofing scams. You want to be sure to hire an established, reputable and reliable roofing inspector. Before agreeing to any suggested roofing work, be sure to do your hiring homework.
That includes asking friends, family and neighbors for recommendations, as well as checking a trusted online consumer review site. Get multiple bids, ask for and check references and make sure the company you hire is appropriately licensed and insured.
Call us today for a reliable review!