Roof Inspection 101: How is it Done & What's Included?

July 11, 2022

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If you notice anything wrong with your roof, like a leak or missing tiles, it's time for a roof inspection. It's a vital part of how a roofing company assesses what, if anything, might be wrong. In addition, homeowners should have an annual professional roof inspection to catch any problems before becoming a major nuisance.

Here are some insights into how a professional roofing company accomplishes a roofing inspection for your building and what this type of work includes in a three-pronged approach.

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Material Inspection

Professional roofers will get up close and personal with your roof. A material inspection occurs when someone examines the roofing materials. For example, typical homes use asphalt roof shingles. They are made of sturdy, flexible material with a small line of asphalt to seal each row of shingles as roofers place them down.

A professional roofer will look at your roof to see if there are any missing, broken, bent, or chipped shingles. They'll look for signs of water damage, which typically looks like discoloration or black streaks on your roof. Roofing pros will also check the flashing underneath the shingles for signs of wear or penetration.

Structural Inspection

A structural inspection of your roof occurs when professional roofers look at the components of your overall roofing system. For example, they will examine the plywood underneath the shingles and the trusses that support the plywood.

Another thing professional roofers look for is sagging parts of the roof or any indentations that may cause water to accumulate on certain sections. A sagging roof denotes water damage, and pooling water can cause even more expensive repairs later.

Signs of structural damage are:

  • Sagging ceilings or attics
  • Missing tiles along your rafters
  • Damage to the rafters or trusses, like missing wood, rotten wood, or splintered wood
  • Missing or damaged collar tiles
  • Tilting or leaning exterior walls

Structural inspections also entail looking at the seals around skylights, chimneys, and vents to ensure they aren't leaking. A roofing crew will let you know if they see any of this damage.

Interior Inspection

An interior inspection for your roof happens when a roofing pro goes up to your attic and looks for various types of damage.

Roofing professionals look for: 

  • Water stains
  • Rotting wood along the trusses or plywood
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Dank or damp smell
  • Animals, pests, and insects
  • Holes in the wall or ceilings
  • Beams of light coming in from the outside

Any of these problems can point to a leak in the roof that might lead to more damage later on, which might increase your repair costs.

Talk to The Fall River Roofers About Free Roof Inspections

When a crew from The Fall River Roofers comes to your place for a free roof inspection, we'll spend anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure we cover everything. Our professional roofers can give you an honest and accurate roofing estimate for repairs or replacement if we see anything amiss. Contact our team in Fall River today to learn more! You can also call (508) 433-3320.

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