Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor’s 3-Step Checklist

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor's 3-Step Checklist

When it comes to roofing inspections, not many homeowners put in on their priority list. We often take roofs for granted – that is until there’s a leak. But a little regular attention can go a long way.

Truth is, shingle roofs typically last from 15 to 25 years, but that lifespan can be cut short drastically if early damage signs are missed or ignored.

Roofs are the first line of defense, protecting your home from weather damage, and can take a significant beating with changing seasons. Sun, wind, rain, snow, lichen, trees, and everything in between will lead to your roof deteriorating over time. Quality of materials and installation is an important factor as well. Regular inspections will ensure that the roof is taken care of properly and early damage is dealt with swiftly, allowing you to repair small problems now rather than having to replace a neglected roof entirely later.

As most roofing contractors, we suggest having your roof inspected twice a year, in spring and fall.

Do I Need Roof Inspection?

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor's 3-Step ChecklistRoofing inspection is an integral part of preventative roofing maintenance. When you have your roof inspected, you will gain critical insight about the condition of your roof.

Specifically, a roof inspection will answer those and many more questions about the state of your roof:

  • Is the roof installed properly?
  • Has the roof been damaged by recent hail or wind storms?
  • What is the true condition of the roof or its life expectancy?
  • Is the roof leaking?
  • What repairs, if any, are needed?

Roofing Inspection – What’s Involved

A thorough inspection will include an interior and exterior evaluation of the roof’s structure.

Here are 3 basic steps your roofing contractor will take:

Step #1 – Interior Inspection

First, your inspector will examine the interior of the house, including ceilings, walls and attic areas for internal evidence of wind, water or hail damage. Leaks inside your house are an obvious sign of damage and need attention immediately, especially those around skylights and chimneys.

Step #2 – Exterior: Roofing Inspection

Next, the contractor will walk the perimeter of your home, noting the location and state of chimneys, gutters, vents and flashing points. At the same time home’s siding and eaves are checked for external water stains, hail dings and indications of dry rot.

Next, the roofer will ascend the roof to examine its construction, flashing, vents and chimney. He will check for common roofing problems such as missing, broken, cracked or cupped shingles, and broken shakes or tiles. He will look closely for granules in gutter and downspout – an indication that shingles may be approaching the end of their life (shingles stripped of coating granules are vulnerable to UV radiation, and will crack then break off, allowing water to penetrate the surface). He will check for cupped shingles, an indication that the attic is not vented properly, and evaluate your attic ventilation, insulation and moisture levels as needed. He will check for cracked, damaged or missing flashings, damaged chimney bricks, open seams or wear from extreme sun-exposure, and note any algae growth on the shingles (unsightly though not usually damaging black stains).

Step #3 – Exterior: Gutter Inspection

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor's 3-Step ChecklistLastly, the condition of your gutters will be examined. The inspector will look for problems such as improper installation, debris buildup or warped material. He will check for missing sealant, holes, and leaks, paying special attention to hangers, aprons, pitch, and any signs of sagging.

Always Hire a Professional

While many homeowners are perfectly capable of checking their roof for damage–with binoculars, walking around the perimeter of the house–a professional inspector has the skills, tools, and knowledge necessary to spot obscure problems a layperson will miss, including any structural, sub-surface damage. Not all roofing issues are obvious, and the absence of drafts or leaks doesn’t necessarily mean your roof is structurally sound. A professional will offer a thorough evaluation of the state of your roof/gutters, backed by experience, and provide that peace of mind so you’re not caught off guard when the damage is eventually discovered later.

If you’re roof is older, hasn’t been inspected for a while or you simply suspect damage, call All Roofing Solutions, your local roofing repair contractor. We’re a family-owned business with nearly 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, and can handle all types of roofing, siding, and gutter repairs if needed.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to ask about our discount of 15% off any roofing repair job!