In general, if you’re not an expert, it can be difficult to determine the actual condition of your roof based on how it looks from the ground level. However, given roof repairs and replacements are often very costly, doing routine roof inspections can help catch potential roof issues in the early stages and help prevent you from having to spend on major roof repairs.

Although it is not listed as one of our five reasons regarding the importance of roof inspections, one of the best times to get a roof inspected is when purchasing a home. We recommend that prospective home buyers always schedule a home inspection that also includes a roof inspection before buying a house. This way you can factor in the potential required repairs into the cost of the new home purchase. On the other hand, as mentioned above, existing homeowners should also continue to get routine roof inspections to help maintain its condition and prevent larger issues from developing.

what do roof inspectors look for

Common Roofing Issues

When hiring a roofing company to do a roof inspection, you may be wondering, “what do roof inspectors look for?”. In most cases, not only should they be looking to detect any and all potential roofing problems but they should also be able to help you prioritize your roofing improvement projects. Not all roofing issues carry the same amount of risk so when dealing with a roof that has several issues, prioritization becomes key for many homeowners. Below are a few of the most common roof problems that roof inspectors look for:

  • Missing, curling, or buckling shingles
  • Leak or crack in the roof
  • Plants or moss growth
  • Shingle granules in gutters
  • Roof sagging or drooping

How Often Should You Have a Roof Inspection?

Another common question we hear often is “how often should I inspect my roof?”. Although the location of your home and the type of weather it is exposed to is a notable determining factor in proper roof inspection frequency, as a rule of thumb, you should schedule an inspection whenever you suspect damages have occurred after heavy rain, strong winds, or simply due to aging. If you are still unsure if a roof inspection is necessary but you suspect there may be some damage, do your best to inspect your home from the ground and look for broken/missing shingles, drooping in the roof, or heavy debris on the ground and in storm drains. If you detect any of these issues, it is likely time to call a roofing professional for a more thorough inspection. Apart from getting a roof inspection after a huge storm, you should also arrange for routine roof inspections every few years or so.

Why Roof Inspections Are Important

Now let’s get into the importance of roof inspections. As mentioned above, having regular roof inspections is crucial in understanding your roof’s condition and helping to manage maintenance and repairs, resulting in an increased lifespan. Here are 5 common reasons why roof inspections are important:

  • Routine Maintenance Damage

All roofs are subject to natural weathering and aging over time. Although damages due to aging start relatively small, tiny openings on the roof surface can often lead to larger issues like water infiltration. Regular routine roof inspections can help homeowners  get an early jump on repairing these small issues to help prevent them from becoming a major issue down the road.

  • Storm Damage

Mother nature is one of the leading causes of roof damage. Storm damage to your roof is most commonly caused by heavy rainfall, high winds, hail, etc. After a big storm, you should consider scheduling a roof inspection to help find leaks or other damage – especially if you can see any debris in the storm drains or damaged shingles.

  • Leak Assessment

Roof leaks are most commonly found after heavy rains and are one of the main triggers for most roof inspections. However, a roof leak can be a symptom of a serious roof problem such as rotting wood, mold, corrosion, or wet insulation that has been developing for some time. The leak was just a catalyst for you to seek out a roofing expert. Regardless of why the leak started, an experienced roof inspector will be able to conduct a full leak investigation to help determine the best solution to stop the leak and prevent further unseen deterioration.

  • Stopping the Damage Before It Starts

Although a leaking roof is a major catalyst for someone scheduling a roof inspection, leaks are often not the only issue present and can develop into a more serious issue. For example, there could be other structural damages present, which is causing the leaky roof. Getting regular routine roof inspections even before an issue is 100% present can help detect the problem before the leak starts. Roof inspectors will be able to find faults in the roof layout and suggest repairs before these faults have the chance to cause moisture damage to your home. You will also be able to learn what small repairs need to be made to ensure your roof withstands rough weather conditions before the weather conditions start taking its toll.

  • Proper Drainage

Proper drainage is one of the most important features when it comes to a roof’s performance. Having a water-logged roof is a quick way to increase the chances of leaks and moisture penetration. However, regular roof cleaning can help remove objects like leaves and debris, keeping them from clogging your roof drains and ensuring proper drainage. When it comes to your roof, don’t let it be “out of sight, out of mind.” This mentality can lead to serious long-term consequences that can be costly to repair in the future. 

Take Care of Your Roof

Now that you know a little more about roof inspections and what to expect, be sure to stay proactive and catch potential issues before they become major problems. It is much cheaper to implement preventative roofing care, than it is to implement roofing repairs and replacements. Also, if you are experiencing issues with your roof, be sure to check if your roof is still under warranty. Most roofing manufacturers and companies have great warranties that provide coverage for common roofing issues – which can save you some money. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a roof inspection, give us a call today! We would be happy to help!