The Elements of a Proper Roofing Inspection

When scheduling a roof inspection, here are some of the things we typically look for that will help protect your roof from irreversible damage.

Missing or damaged roof materials

The shingles, roof tiles, fasteners, and the gutter/downspout system protect your home from the elements. If any of them are damaged or missing, the roof and the structural elements below (underlayment, framing materials, vapor barriers, and insulation, etc.) are vulnerable. We’ll notice sealing or structural issues with skylights or roof windows that may not be evident from the interior.

Your roof inspector will make a list of any yellow and red flags and report them to you, along with suggestions and an estimate for repair costs, so you can decide how to proceed.

Evidence of algae or moss

It may look pretty, or seem cottage- or green roof-like I appearance, but any evidence of algae or moss on a roof is bad news. Once those colonies take hold, they’re breaking down the structural components of your roofing material(s). They can also wick moisture through to the interior of your home.

Cutting back trees can help, but once algae and moss are established, the roof requires a thorough cleaning. This is a potential DIY task, and part of routine roof maintenance, but you must take precautions to secure yourself to prevent falling or injury.

Evidence of ponding or pooling water

Flat roofs have trended from time to time, and are popular in commercial applications – partially because they’re cheaper to build. However, roof slopes are more about functional design than aesthetics. Your sloped roof ensures water can’t pool or collect, putting your home at risk for leaks.

If we see evidence of ponding or pooling water, we’ll look for the source and suggest repairs, ranging from clearing clogged drainage lines or redesigning gutters/downspouts to re-pitching the roof.

Cracked, rusted, or loose components

Roofing systems made from multiple components and an issue with anyone of them compromises the hole. While we’re up on the roof, we’ll look for evidence of cracking, rusted, loose or missing components including:

  • Caulking and sealing
  • Flashing
  • Chimney caps, mortar or bricks/stones
  • Gutters
  • Rubber boots around pipes or other projections

We’ll also look at all the awkward locations that are hard to access on your own – like the eaves, overhangs, and undersides of gutters.

Proving your roof has been maintained as per manufacturer’s instructions will expedite homeowner’s insurance claims as well as any warranty items that need to be addressed over the roof’s lifetime. We’re experts when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, so rest assured, if you have any damage, we’ll walk you through every part of properly filing a claim and getting your roof replaced.

Call us today to schedule our signature 5 Point Inspection! (615) 645-2055