Roofing materials can be split into five different categories which include asphalt composition shingles, metal roofs, wood roofs, tile roofs, and slate roofs. These roofing materials are faced with several defects that range from manufacturing issues to natural weathering.
A roof inspection process is a preventive measure that aims at saving homeowners from spending a lot of money in fixing escalated issues. Therefore, an annual check-up goes a long way towards ensuring you catch potential problems early and in effect preventing them from becoming serious.
Understanding that the roof is the only line of defense from the dangers of water invasion which include damaged ceilings and mold build up, will encourage the annual practice of inspecting the roof. These issues may end up costing the home owner a really huge amount of repairs and should, therefore, be dealt with early enough.
Roof inspections can be conducted by either the homeowner or by a consulted professional inspection service. Homeowners who have no issues with height, and don’t mind getting their hands dirty can conduct their inspection atop a ladder. Avoiding walking on the roof maintains its integrity much longer.
However, handling the inspection alone may not be as safe to the homeowner, and for such reasons, expert roof inspectors should be sought after.
Professional roof inspection services have on their payroll technicians who are well trained in the areas to inspect and on the best ways to advise their clients to fix the identified problems. The technicians have also been trained to be very safe during their inspection work to eliminate any chances of plunging into accidents while on the job.
As a requirement, because of the safety issues associated with this job, the inspectors are required to be insured.
A typical professional roof inspection is categorized into two namely exterior roof inspection, and interior roof inspection. The professional service prepares a checklist that is followed by their inspectors while carrying out the inspection work in order to increase the productivity of the work.
A standard exterior roof inspection checklist would consist of the following items to be checked:
1. Checking for blistered, curled or split shingles
2. Loose or exposed nails
3. Popped nails
4. Loose or missing shingles
5. Damaged or rotten fascia boards
6. Flashing that is corroded or rusty
7. Shingles that are broken or loose at the ridge and hip lines
8. Flashing that is damaged or missing
9. Sagging on the ridges
10. Damaged gutters and downspouts
11. Cracks on the chimney
12. Broken seals on shingles
13. Stains, streaking, and moss
On the other hand, interior roof inspection may look into the following issues:
1. Cracking of the roof sheath
2. Sagging decking between rafters
3. Outside light coming through the roof
4. Leaks around vents, chimneys, and other holes to the outside part of the roof