When was the last time your roof was inspected? This is important not only for insurance purposes, but it’s also a great opportunity to spot any issues or potential issues before they become bigger problems. Whether you’re about to have re-roofing done or you are just preparing for a general roof inspection, here’s what you can expect from the process.
What To Expect Through An Inspection For A Re-Roof
There are several key things an experienced roofing crew will look for during its inspection. This inspection helps them spot vulnerabilities in the roof, any leaks or other issues, and it also helps determine the cost of re-roofing. Here are some of the elements of the inspection process you can expect.
Rather than heading up onto your roof, this part of the inspection process begins inside your building or home. Starting in the attic is a critical first step because it allows us to discover roof leaks in their early stages. The first thing to become damaged from a roof leak is your roof sheathing, and these leaks need to be addressed right away.
Another leak that can make its way into your business or home is when a roof leak is leaking into the soffit below it.
Here are some of the things our crew checks for during the interior inspection:
- Adequate ventilation
- Ensuring there are no blocked vents
- Inspecting the insulation and making sure it’s energy-efficient with a high R-value
- They will check for structural issues, including sagging, rot, water damage, or any cracks where light comes through
The interior inspection tells our crew a lot about your roof. But the inspection isn’t done here! Now it’s time to move onto the exterior of your roof.
At first glance, your roof may appear to be in good shape. But a detailed exterior inspection can uncover a variety of issues that need to be addressed with re-roofing or a total roof replacement.
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During the exterior inspection, the crew looks for many of the same things, including signs of rot, water damage, gaps and leaks. They will also check for shingles that are discolored, curling, or cracked. Additionally, a roof inspector can check for cracks in the caulking and your gutter system.
Another part of this step involves a flashing inspection.
Roof flashing is material placed along joints or edges on the roof where roofing ends and another material starts. These areas include dormers, valleys, chimneys, eaves, and side walls. Flashing helps prevent moisture from working its way into your roof, and it’s important that it’s in good shape! If algae growth is an issue on your roof, the crew might recommend flashing that contains zinc or other materials that help stop its growth.
We often see customers ignoring the signs of rotted or water-stained fascia. Unfortunately, this means the water has more time to make its way into your home, ultimately becoming a much more expensive repair than it needed to be.
Preparing an estimate
Once the inspection is complete, our team will put together an estimate for our services. Prices vary depending on the extent of your damage, the size of the roof, the type of roofing material, and many other factors. But rest assured, we always provide fair prices for re-roofing, roof replacement, and all of our other services.
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Professional roof/awning inspection
While you may be tempted to perform a roof/awning inspection for yourself, there are many benefits of contacting professionals for this job instead.
First and foremost, walking on your roof can be incredibly dangerous. Especially if it is in disrepair or there are vulnerabilities on the roof. Stepping on a weak spot can lead to a serious injury. When you entrust this service to professionals, we are able to safely navigate even the most treacherous roofs, all while you watch from the safety of the ground.
Contact Fox Haven Roofing today! Not only do we provide expert roofing design services, but as roofing experts in Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas, we provide roof consultations, specifications, and inspections. We look forward to meeting with you and answering any of the other questions you might have about the roof inspection process and any of your other concerns.