Another shingle is on your patio, courtesy of the last windstorm. As you look up, you start to worry that this lone shingle represents a bigger problem: An aging or damaged roof.
But does this merit calling your roofer for an inspection?
If you previously thought that you only need a roof inspection before selling your house, think again. Homeowners throughout Nebraska know that even one storm can spell the difference between an airtight, solid roof and a compromised one.
If you want your roof to last, don’t take its structure for granted. It’s time to make an appointment for a professional roof inspection. Here are the things you can expect from your roofing company during the process:
Determine the Roof’s Lifespan
When your roofer arrives, expect a thorough check of your roof, its slope, shingle type, flashing, roofing layers, and all related areas (soffit, fascia, gutters, etc.).
One of the purposes of a typical inspection involves determining wear and tear so you have a better idea of how long your roof will last. Even if the inspector sees areas of concern, this doesn’t automatically mean you face a series of expensive repairs right away. However, it may mean that your roof has a limited life. The end could be near but not immediate, or you may have the ability to buy a little time before you face major repairs.
Provide an Inspection Certificate
Your roof may be in decent shape, so why else would you need an inspection?
In some cases, you may want to justify your current homeowner’s insurance. When you talk to your insurance agent, it helps to provide real data about the state of your home, not just 10-year old information. Your roofer will give you an inspection certificate to make that process easier.
An inspection certificate also matters if you want to sell your home in the next few years. If meant to make improvements but you don’t know exactly what you can afford right now, this can either buy you some extra time or hasten the process.
Your inspection certificate usually stays valid between two and five years. That’s helpful to know if you need to save a little money before making big changes. If your roof has no leaks, you’ll also have proof.
Specify the Necessary Repairs
Of course, the most important reason to have your roof inspected is to determine any weak areas or damages. Here are a few common roofing problems your inspector will watch for:
- Missing shingles
- Excessive granule loss on your asphalt-type shingles
- Curling or damaged shingles
- Sagging areas on the roof
- Stains (may indicate water damage)
- Worn flashing (or gapping areas next to vents/chimneys)
- Rotting areas (fascia, soffit, or other parts of the roof)
- Clogged gutters
- Improper pitch of the roof for Nebraska climate
- Interior damage in attic (damp spots or leaks)
Depending on the level of damage, you may face only minor repairs to flashing or removal of gutter debris. If your shingles are cracked or missing, you may need more extensive roof repairs.
Remember, we live in a turbulent area when it comes to weather. Even one hailstorm can do a number on your roof, and that’s just one scenario, damaging winds are another.
Sadly, you may find damages related to faulty installations. If the previous homeowner cut corners with inexpensive repairs, you might face expensive repairs down the line to fix those hasty roofing repairs.
Regardless of the damage your inspector finds, you’ll know all the details. This means you won’t have to stay up at night worrying about imaginary troubles. Anything you find out will be documented and detailed so you can take action, one step at a time.
Provide Reliable Service
To ensure that you get reliable service, it’s wise to talk to more than one roofer about their inspection process. More importantly, ask about their experience and current certifications. Do they belong to any important roofing organizations? What do other customers say about them?
Once you’ve determined that your roofer acts fairly and reliably, ask them questions before the inspection. Most inspectors welcome your inquiries, and they’ll be prepared with thorough answers.
Additionally, a good inspector will offer a detailed analysis of your roof, given from all angles. He or she will specify inspection costs up front. You should never have to guess about payment. Finally, if your roof needs repairs, your inspector will outline a timetable and provide a prompt estimate for repair costs.
Remember, every home owner can benefit from a roofing inspection.
If you’ve just finished new construction, your inspector will sign off on the roofing so everything is up to code. If your roof was damaged following a storm, your inspector can verify the specifics before you file your insurance claim. If you’re preparing to sell, you’ll have the peace of mind you need to go forward with the process.
Regardless of your motivation, take care of your roof by calling your local roofing company to schedule a roofing inspection. Then, when the fierce winds blow, your roof has a better chance of weathering the blast.
Call Roof-Tech at 402-896-5554 or visit our website www.arooftech.com for more information.