Things a Contractor Should Look for During a Roof Inspection

10 Most Important Things Every Contractor Should Look for During a Roof Inspection

Is your roof leaking? Is it getting some age on it? If either of these situations apply, you may want to consider having a roof inspection.

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Only an inspection will truly tell you the condition of the roof. It may be worse than you think, or not as bad. If you are experiencing a leak, it may need some simple roof repairs. But, you could need a total roof replacement. At your New Jersey roofers, Allied Roofing Solutions, we can take care of the inspection and any work that needs to be done. First, you need to have the roof inspected so you know what you are dealing with. This article outlines the most important things a good roofing contractor should look for during a roof inspection.

What Happens During A Roof Inspection?

Having regular roof inspections is important in keeping your home in proper working order. The primary purpose of a roof inspection is to find any problems that exist on the roof and to estimate the remaining life of the roof. An inspector looks at the overall appearance of the roof by checking the exterior and then inspects the interior for evidence of leaks or roof damage. Typically, during the inspection, the inspector takes a digital video to create the report. Finally, the inspector prepares an estimate of the repair costs, if there are any.

Here are 10 of the Most Important Things a Roofing Contractor Looks for During an Inspection

1. Flashing on the Roof

The roof flashing is metal that is located wherever the shingles are up against a structure such as along the valleys, walls, and chimneys on the roof. The inspection looks for rusted flashing and improperly installed flashing to make sure the integrity of the metal will withstand the elements and will keep your home dry.

One of the first places the inspector will look at is the attic, checking for proper ventilation. Ventilation is critical for the temperature in the attic to be regulated. Roofing ventilation is very important so that the roof does not dry rot, which compromises the structural integrity of the home and roof deck. An experienced roof inspector will check the quality of the roof ventilation both inside and outside.

On the inside of your home, the roofing contractor will look for leaks that are leaving stains on the ceiling. If found, the roof inspector will then search for the cause of the stains. By determining the source of the leak(s), the roofing contractor can make an appropriate recommendation to fix the problem

The roof inspection includes checking the roof decking. Roof decking comprises the boards that make up the framing of your roof. The shingles and other roofing components are installed onto the roof decking. The inspector searches for any signs of rot, sagging, or deterioration in the roof decking. If any problems are found, the roof’s stability could be compromised and future issues can ensue.

Over time, the nails that secure the asphalt shingles to the roof deck can become rusted or start to pop out of the shingles. Loose nails need to be repaired so as not to cause roof leaks.

Over time, as the roof ages, weather such as hail and high winds can loosen and blow shingles off your roof. As part of the roof inspection, the roofing contractor will check for nails that are sideways and have caused bumps in the roof. If there are shingles that are missing, loose, cracked, blistered, or buckling, the inspector will show these on the report, You may be able to simply replace these shingles to repair the roof but there can be larger issues that are indicated by the shingles. Problems with shingles should be handled as soon as possible because even small amounts of water can affect the integrity of your roof.

Roof penetrations such as chimneys and skylights can be common causes of leaks. Improperly installed skylights can be the source of leaking as well as cracks in the skylight’s glass and around the edges. An inspector checks the flashing and the condition of the mortar and flashings around the chimney and skylights. Cracks in either the chimney or skylights require repairs

The roofing contractor will check to see how many layers the roof has. If there have been new shingles laid on top of an existing roof resulting in multiple layers, diagnosis and repair work on the roof are more difficult. In this case, more than likely the roofing contractor will suggest a total roof replacement to fix the roof. Patchwork roof repairs will not be the best solution.

The roofing inspection includes checking the integrity of the gutters and downspouts. There should not be cracks or open seams. The inspector will check for blockages and restricted water flow that can cause debris to back up. Additionally, they will look for standing water that could be a result of the gutter being tilted wrong. Remember, as part of routine maintenance, always clean the gutters.

All roof vents are inspected regardless of their type–whether gable, soffit, or ridge–in order to check for obstructions. Pipe boots that are around the vents are checked to be sure the protective seals are intact. Vents for gas appliances are checked to see if the expansion and contraction of the metal have pulled the fasteners out of the gas vent.

Contact the Experts at Allied Roofing Solutions for Roof Inspections for your New Jersey Home

We can’t stress enough the importance of having your roof inspected to get a complete and accurate picture of the condition of your roof. Our dedicated team at Allied Roofing Solutions has the knowledge and experience needed to make sure your home is safe from the outside elements. Contact us to schedule a free estimate for a roof inspection. We serve New Jersey residents in Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Somerset County. Call us at  (201) 773-0633 or complete our easy-to-use contact form to schedule a free estimate.