Roofing inspectors help protect one of the biggest investments a person ever makes in their lifetime. It is their business to inspect the roof of homes and businesses for any damage that may have been caused by a storm or just from natural wear and tear. Many people like to have annual inspections done as a preventative measure. Staying ahead of a potential problem saves homeowners money and stress.
Areas of Concern
Certified inspectors are trained to look for certain signs of damage that would compromise the integrity of the roof. A professional roofing inspector checks the surface material, gutters, chimneys, skylights, fascia, and flashings. They pay special attention to areas where water can accumulate for periods of time, creating damage and leaks.
Roofing inspectors follow a checklist, some of these issues are easy to spot but others take an expert in the field to recognize. Cracks in shingles, caulking, or flashing are a sure sign of trouble. Roofing that is curling up or blistering allows moisture to get in where mold and mildew can form. If left unattended, the mold can enter the home, creating a whole new set of problems. Often overlooked areas around chimneys or vent pipes need to be checked for cracks.
Inspections save Money
A roof inspection can save owners thousands of dollars in repairs if the problem is found early. Many times a few simple steps is all it takes to prevent damage both inside and outside the home. Replacing broken or missing shingles can extend the life of a roof. Roofs do have a basic life expectancy and an inspector is trained to know when it is time for a complete roof remodel.
Reasons for an Inspection
Roof inspections are performed on a regular basis to keep the structure safe from increment weather, but insurance companies often require an inspection. If an insurance claim has been made due to damage, an inspection will be required to assess the amount of damage and cost of repairs. People who live where there are tornados, hurricanes, snow fall, or even hot sun need to be aware that these natural phenomenons are damaging to a roof.
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