Roof Inspection from a Licensed Roofer in Ocala
The roof is arguably the most critical part of your house. Why? It’s your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather – be it a strong wind tearing through the town or a foot of snow falling from the sky overnight.
The point is, you should not neglect your roof until the very first and obvious sign of a leak. By then, the damage might be too big for a simple repair. You could be dealing with unavoidable roof problems such as:
- Structural problems
- Damaged insulation
You can spare yourself the headache of a leaking roof through the winter and expensive repairs by scheduling a regular roof inspection.
What is the best time to schedule a roof inspection?
Most homeowners will order a thorough roof inspection after a major weather event, such as a hurricane. Such an inspection will help determine if your roof suffered any damage. However, those are not the only times you should think about your roof.
The best time for a routine roof inspection is during fall. The worst time for roof inspection is, of course, winter. The low temperatures will compromise the effectiveness of new installations and repairs. For instance, new shingles will not seal properly when the weather outside is freezing. Besides, it is pure torture to attempt roof repairs on a snowy roof. For that reason, most contractors will delay roof repairs discovered in late fall until spring.
Fall comes right before winter, which is a period where roof issues worsen. A poorly insulated attic, for example, will eat into your energy bills during the winter. Similarly, clogged gutters will result in the buildup of snow, which will damage other roof fixtures such as the fascia boards.
Moreover, some roof repairs, such as lichen and moss treatment, should begin in the fall and be completed in spring. Treatments for these invaders take about 180 days. If the fungi are discovered during fall, the treatment is applied, allowed to work through the winter months, and rinsed off in spring.
DIY roof inspection vs. Professional roof inspection
The typical homeowner will easily identify issues such as missing, broken, or flapping shingles. However, most roofing issues are not apparent and require the eye of a trained roof inspector.
This choice also depends on the age of your roof. A roof that’s less than 5 years old that shows no signs of leaks and hasn’t been exposed to any significant weather event can get by with a DIY inspection from the ground.
However, older roofs that have suffered significant weather events require professional roof inspections even if they look fine from the ground.
For a scheduled roof inspection, specifically, if your roof is older than ten years, consider the services of a reputable roof inspector.
In case of a roof inspection following a significant climatic event, call your insurance company. Most of or all of the damage could be covered under your home insurance policy.
What to expect during a professional roof inspection?
A professional roof inspector will look for:
- Unusual wear and tear
- Wind damage
- Organic growth issues (moss, mold, lichen)
- Problems resulting from poor installation and subsequent repairs
Typically, a roof inspection has four phases:
The inspector checks of structural issues such as sagging and uneven roof planes. They will also check the conditions of the gutters, soffits, and fascia. The state of the chimney flashing and chimney masonry also falls under the structural inspection phase.
A good inspector will not forget to check the ventilation and insulation of the attic.
The inspector examines the condition of the roofing material. Are there any missing, curling, or loose shingles? Are there stains, rust, or moss on the shingles? Are there any missing fasteners?
They also check if there is shingle aggregate settled in the valleys or gutters. Shingle aggregate indicates that the roof is nearing is at the edge of total lifespan.
Interior inspection is the best way to identify leaks. The inspector will help you by checking your attic for signs of leaks, rot, mold, water stains, and various other signs of water damage. Other areas that give away leaks are the ceiling and interior walls.
A professional inspector is as thorough as to examine the workmanship of previous installations and repairs. Remember, workmanship problems increase the risk of roof damage and leaks. For instance, they will check for improper skylight, flashing, and vent pipe installation. Incorrect installation of these fixtures is a big red flag of the workmanship of the previous installer.
After the inspection, a good roofing inspector will provide a detailed report of their findings together with recommendations. If they recommend any repairs, schedule them immediately – preferably before the snowy months. A roof that’s in good condition is an additional source of comfort during the winter.