At Roofing, roof inspections are more than simple inspections; they are vital investments in your home’s value and safety. A roof inspection is critical to the safety of your home and family. If you are currently shopping for a house or are seriously thinking about purchasing one, do not skip this important inspection. When you are buying a home, the roof is usually the biggest expense that you will have. If your roof is not up to par, there are high risks of leaks, damage, and so much more.
The type of roof inspection that you get depends largely on what kind of roof you have. There are three main types of inspections: organic growth, conventional, and flashings. Organic growth roof inspectors check for evidence of organic growth, such as gushers, vents, or signs of nails or missing nails. Flashings are also an important component in organic growth roofs, checking for leaks, cracks, or missing flashing.
Conventional roof inspections are performed on roofs replaced by other structures, such as single-ply detached homes or condos. With this roof inspection, the inspector will look for any signs of faulty artistry, such as missing or lose shingles, signs of roof repair, missing tiles, missing valleys, missing protrusions, missing valleys, and other defects. Roof replacement inspectors will also look for evidence of mold, mildew, cellulose, insect infestation, or other structural failures. The last type of inspection, flashings, specifically involves inspecting for leaks, cracks, or leaks, along with any roof replacement signs. For existing homes, roofers also perform a flash inspection on single-ply homes.
A visual inspection is not enough to make an accurate evaluation of the roof. As mentioned above, you need a trained eye to detect weak or failing roof construction signs. A roof inspection technician will inspect the roof for any visible signs of damage during a visual inspection, including holes, missing or cracked tiles, missing protrusions, broken or missing flashing, missing valleys, or other roofing defects. The technician will then make a list of the problems for correction along with estimated costs. A qualified roof inspection contractor will document all findings on the report.
When it comes to mold damage, a qualified roof inspection contractor would first check for evidence of mold and assess the extent of the problem. Based on the inspector’s observations, the roofer would make recommendations for removing the mold and implementing solutions. The most common recommendation made by these contractors is the use of fungicide to remove the mold colonies. In most cases, homeowners with contaminated houses can safely remove the contaminated area, fix the mold problem, and then paint or treat the area with a fungicide. Homeowners with mold contamination should seek immediate assistance from a licensed professional.
The next thing that the roof inspection service would do is check for signs of damage caused by water seepage. Asphalt shingles are more susceptible to water entry because of their soft, flexible nature. Asphalt roofs are also less resistant to rot because of their material composition. Mold spores are attracted to this type of roofing material and will typically settle down and eventually grow on shingles and other exposed surfaces. In some severe cases, moss can form a hard coating on the exposed parts of the roof.
Sometimes, algae or mildew on the roof might mean that there is a problem with the seals between the roof deck tiles and the shingles. In such cases, a qualified roof inspection company would recommend that the tiles are replaced, and the shingles are cleaned. Other times, the presence of algae or mildew may indicate the need for roof replacement. However, it would be wise to contact a roof inspection company before deciding on anything, as it may need to be addressed before roof replacement can occur when it comes to algae or mildew.
It is important to note that most roof inspections are done at no cost. Some companies, however, will charge an additional fee if the inspection determines that there is actually a problem. Unfortunately, not all companies are trustworthy, and some homeowners will only pay for the actual inspection when they discover that they need repairs. Since a significant portion of repairs involves removing the shingles and installing a new roof, it is better to pay for a specialized service than to risk having the work done without proper tools and materials. With these inspections, homeowners can rest assured that they are covered should something go wrong with their home.