Do I need a roof inspection?
A yearly roof inspection is generally a good idea. With a roof inspection you get a great picture of your roof’s condition and gives you an idea of what, if any, repairs are needed and will give you a good idea when it’s time to replace your roof. As part of your regular maintenance, a roof inspection may well be able to help you uphold any warranties you have. A roof inspection is also valuable for those selling their homes and for home buyers to detect any problems before closing papers are signed.
It’s also wise to get a roof inspection following severe weather, especially if hail or high winds are involved. Storm damage can linger for months undetected and create more problems for your roof and home. With an inspection following a storm, that damage will not remain hidden. The inspection report can also be filed with your insurance claim.
If you have a flat roof, you may have your air conditioner on top of it, so when you get a roof inspection, you may want to get qualified professionals for an air conditioner service.
What should I expect from a roof inspection?
With a licensed and insured professional inspection like those provided by 12 Stones Roofing you should expect to have both the interior and exterior of your roof checked out. Checking the interior of the roof means going into the attic where the inspector will look for proper insulation and ventilation, as well as for any signs of moisture and mold. The exterior check will include a look at the condition of the shingles and the flashing. Your inspector will also check for leaks and any ice dams in the winter. If you have a chimney, the chimney will checked for any damages as well.
With our inspections, you will receive a written report of our findings and then we will talk with you about repair options or about your replacement options if it looks as if the roof may need to be replaced.
How do you inspect a roof?
While a professional roof inspection is preferred, you may want to check your roof yourself. If you plan to inspect your roof follow the checklist as a roof inspection how to guide. This list is similar to what we use when we inspect your roof.
Roof inspection checklist
Here are a few steps you can take for a roof inspection:
- Walk around the exterior and inspect the roof from the ground. You want to look for signs of damage and note them, as well as checking to see if there are any roof sags.
- Look for any signs of moss, algae or piles of leaves where moisture can build up and cause leaks and water damage.
- You also want to check the roof for missing, aged or damaged shingles. Pay particular attention to any granule loss, which indicates the shingles need to be replaced because they are no longer protecting the roof.
- Make sure your gutters and overhangs are clean and look for signs of rot and open joins.
- Check your attic for signs of leaks, especially if moisture has damaged the insulation.
Again, with a professional roof inspection, we can catch these problems and any others you might miss and will be able to assess what repairs you need.
How long does a roof inspection take?
The length of a roof inspection may vary depending on the size of the roof being inspected and the roof’s condition. Most inspections take about 45 minutes to an hour, although some could take several hours.
What is the average cost of a roof inspection?
Costs will vary for roof inspections and can range from free to around $200, all depending on the roofer providing the service. Call 12 Stones Roofing at 832-815-9463 to find out about our affordable and professional roof inspection services.
Roof inspection and repair
One reason we recommend getting your roof inspected at least once per year is to find out if your roof has any damages. Often, when people get a roof inspection they find out they may only need minor repairs, if any are needed at all. Regular maintenance and repairs will help prevent you from paying more later for more extensive damage and may preserve your roof to avoid an early replacement.
Roof inspection equipment
Very little equipment is needed for a roof inspection other than a ladder and the right pair of roofing shoes or boots. Some roofers will use a moisture meter to gauge moisture levels, especially in the attic and shingle gauges to measure the thickness of your shingles.
Of late, many roofers have been using drones to inspect roofs. This technology can be very accurate, but a drone roof inspection may cost more than a regular inspection.
If you are preparing for regular maintenance and need a roof inspection in La Porte & Baytown, TX, make sure to check with the dependable professionals at 12 Stones Roofing. To schedule an inspection, give us a call at 832-815-9463.