Roof inspections look for roof leaks, signs of wear and tear, debris damage, growth problems, as well as any issues that may have occurred during shingles installation or subsequent repairs. A roof inspection is divided into four categories: structure, materials, interiors, and workmanship.
Inspect the Structure
The inspector will look for uneven roof planes and signs of sagging, as well as the soffit, fascia, and gutter system’s condition. Masonry chimneys should be inspected for cracks, crumbling grout, and damage to chimney caps at this time. The home inspectors may also inspect your attic venting; improper venting can cause heat and moisture buildup, reducing roof life and increasing the risk of ice dams forming at the roof’s edge.
Inspect for Roof Water Damage
Roof decking and shingles should be free of cracks, holes, loose or missing shingles or metal panels, sagging, rot, and/or insect infestations. The inspector will also look for signs of failed flashings or fasteners. An indication that the roof is near the end of its useful life is sludge buildup in roof valleys or on the ground at the bottom of gutters downspouts. Check for gaps or deterioration in rubber boots and seals around vent pipes during home inspection for roof damage.
Because roof leaks eventually harm your house, the inspector will look for water stains, mold, decay, and other indications of water penetration in the walls, ceilings, and attics.
A meticulous inspector will examine your roof for flaws in craftsmanship that might lead to roof leaks or other roof damage in the future. Flashing around roof penetrations, including installed vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys, would all be red flags if they were installed wrong.
After the roof is inspected, you will receive a detailed report on the condition of your roof and what repairs, if any, are required to keep it in good condition. If minor repairs are required, make them as soon as possible.