How often should you have a roof inspection?
The roof of your home is an important part of the structure. Because it is high up, it is often not on our radar for noticing something is wrong, like roof damage, and that is why a roof damage inspection is important. Even more important is a roof inspection and repairs done if the inspection finds anything wrong.
The standard roofing industry suggestion for roof inspection by a professional contractor is twice a year. Once at the end of spring before summer and again at the end of fall in preparation of the winter weather.
If you are changing homeowner’s insurance companies, or upgrading your current coverage, the insurance company may require a roof inspection for insurance verification that there isn’t any current roof damage. If there is any damage or questionable areas, they may require repair and re-inspection.
How long does it take to inspect a roof?
A thorough inspection should take between forty-five minutes to an hour for an average-sized home. Larger houses with multiple attics and levels could take two hours.
What should I expect from a roof inspection?
A professional roofing inspector, whether it is a roofing contractor or the insurance company, will climb up on the roof and examine the chimney, dormers, flashing, and gutters. They will examine the roofing material’s condition, any signs of roof damage, and any remedial work that has been done previously. They check the eaves, fasteners, roof braces, and support material. They will inspect inside the attic, house, and the interior of the chimney.
You should receive a copy of the inspection either after they have completed it, or it will be emailed or mailed to you within a day or two. The following is a roof inspection example will be checked off with any notation of any roof damaged that was found:
The Exterior Inspection:
• Blistered, curled, split shingles.
• Loose and missing shingles.
• Exposed, loose, or improperly seated nails.
• Broken or loose shingles along the hip and ridge lines.
• Signs of caulk or sealing missing
• Corroded or rusty metal flashing.
• Damaged and missing flashing.
• Ridges sagging.
• Broken shingle seals.
• Excessive amount of granules missing from shingles.
• Cracks around and on the chimney.
• Rubber boots around pipes, vents.
• Downspouts and gutters checked.
• Fascia board examined for damage or rot.
• Proper overhang of shingles over eaves and gutters.
The Interior Inspection
• Cracks on sheathing from the attic side.
• Check for proper attic ventilation.
• Sag between rafters.
• Sunlight coming through.
• Check attic vents for proper ventilation.
• Check exhaust for bathroom and kitchen proper ventilation.
• Check for leaks around the chimney, pipes, vents, and any protrusions.
• Check for condensation, mold, or wet insulation.
Does a new roof need to be inspected?
If you’re having a new roof installed, the roofing contractor will inspect the job before they ask you to sign off on the job. If the new roofing is because of roof damage, the insurance company will have it inspected once it is complete. What about a brand unused house with a brand new roof? There are inspectors that will inspect the house from top to bottom, side to side, and inside out.
How do you replace a roof on a house?
Any major home repair is important, but perhaps one of the most important is having roof damage repaired or a new roof installed. Roofing isn’t a glamorous subject but knowing what to expect to be completed in a new roofing job can be helpful. The following is a basic summary of the steps the roofing contractor will take:
- Remove existing shingles into a roll-off dumpster. This includes any damaged or old flashing. The crew should lay tarps over plantings, shrubs, and around the foundation for protection.
- Make any minor repairs and replace any bad wood with new plywood.
- Install ice dam where required to prevent melting ice from backing up under the shingles, penetrating to the sheathing, and cause severe damage.
- Apply several rows of overlapping roofing paper over the sheathing to create an inner barrier that prevents water penetration.
- Install metal drip edging along the roof edge, the eave sides and the gable sides over the ice guard or roofing paper.
- Install new flashing where needed.
- Apply the shingles, or other roofing material chosen, starting at the eaves and install up toward the peak.
- Install the vent ridge along the roof peak to provide attic air circulation.
- Final inspection, corrections made if needed, review with customer and have job signed off.
When re-roofing is necessary, like after roof damage from storms, take your time to choose a contractor you can trust. Get more than one quote and compare them. Ask the contractors for references and check those references. Your roof is an important part of your home, you want to make sure you’re getting the best job possible. Give McStay Quality Roofing a call today at 817-349-0016 for your roof inspection needs.