A roof inspection is absolutely essential when you are buying or selling a home. However, it is also strongly recommended for homeowners at least once per year. Untreated roof problems can lead to worsening problems including mold and water damage, so it only makes sense to protect your investment.
What Is a Roof Inspection?
During your roof inspection, a certified roofing specialist will physically walk onto your roof to check its condition. He or she will also check the underside of the roof from inside your home. Of particular concern are chimneys, dormers, gutters, flashing points, and other areas where connections or roof penetrations are located. Eaves, fasteners, braces, and roof supports are also carefully inspected.
The goal of a roof inspection is to identify any areas of the roof, its support structure, or attachments that either have already begun to fail or are at risk for failing soon. Some of the things your roof inspector will look for include, but are not limited to:
- Cracked or damaged caulk
- Rust on flashing or other metal pieces
- Damaged, peeling, or missing shingles
- Brittle supports or protective coverings
- Damaged roof underlayment
- Water spots
- Other signs of water intrusion
If the roof shows any signs of existing or imminent damage, your roof inspector will make recommendations for repairs. He or she can refer you to a roofing repair company, but it would be a breach of ethics for your inspector to perform the actual repair work. Fortunately, if you have your roof inspected on a regular basis, problems will generally be caught before they become extensive and pricey.
What Is a Wind Mitigation Inspection?
Homeowners in Florida whose homes are built to withstand windstorms are entitled to insurance discounts, but only if the home passes a Certified Wind Mitigation inspection. This inspection combines a general roof inspection with a detailed assessment of the type of roof, reinforcement techniques, and other specifics. Your inspector will also consider other wind mitigation features of your home such as impact resistant window glazing, shutters, and hurricane straps or clips.
Which Type of Roof Inspection Do I Need?
The type of roof inspection you choose depends on your goals for the inspection. A general roof inspection will identify any issues with your roof that need to be addressed, but will not assess your home’s ability to withstand a hurricane. More complete options, such as a 4 Point Inspection or a full Home Inspection, also include a roof inspection along with a detailed assessment of the entire home. If you are unsure what to choose, we will be happy to provide advice.
Why Should I Choose Same Day Inspection?
At Same Day Inspection, we are proud of our A rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are an established Florida company with a singular mission: to be the industry leader in property inspection while maintaining our top-quality customer service and on-time reputation. We offer a comprehensive suite of inspection services across the state of Florida.
If you are ready to have your home inspected by a local company that you can trust, we invite you to call Same Day Inspection at 877-216-3949 or schedule your inspection online today.