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The When, What, and How of Roof Inspections

Performing a roof inspection yourself is something every homeowner should consider. While you can always call a professional out to inspect your roof, you don’t always need to. After a storm, unless you notice damage, you probably don’t need to have a roofer come out and do an inspection you can do yourself from the safety of the ground. Let’s look at the when, what and how of roof inspections you do yourself.

When, What and How of Inspections for Your Roof

When

At least twice a year, you should perform a visual roof inspection. Usually, the end of spring and the beginning of fall are the best time to assess your roof. If you have an unusually strong storm during the year, check your roof as well for damage and issues.

What

Look for missing shingles, damage, and other signs your roof may be in bad shape. If you notice mildew, leaks, or musty smells in your home, it’s time to call a professional. You want to look at the roof surface, the flashing, gutters, and the underside of the roof at possible for anything that looks out of place.

How

Never get on the roof yourself to check for issues. Always check from the ground. If you have a pair of binoculars, this can help make the task easier. While some will advise you can use a small ladder to get a closer look, it can be dangerous to do this if you don’t know the current condition of your roof.

If you notice any issues with your roof or components, call a professional roofer to come out and give you an estimate on repairs or replacement. Let them know what you found and they can look into those issues for you and let you know what it’ll take to get the job done.

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How Much Does A Roof Inspection Cost?

Your home is likely your greatest investment, which makes maintaining it and keeping it in excellent condition is your top priority. One of the greatest costs that comes with being a homeowner is buying and installing a new roof after damage leads to lengthy repairs. Your roof is designed to protect you and your belongings from the harmful elements of strong weather patterns. Keeping up with your roof could prevent costly repairs, and damaging leaks in your home.

Identifying ongoing maintenance needs in and around your home is the most effective method in catching problems before they start. Having your roof inspected regularly is a necessary maintenance that can help diagnose problems, pinpoint damage, and prevent harmful moisture from finding its way into your home.

It is recommended that you never climb onto your roof yourself to look for damage. The only way to know the condition of your roof is by hiring a professional to evaluate, so it’s important to know how much a roof inspection costs.

Factors that Affect the Cost of a Roof Inspection

The size and type of property is the first factor in determining the cost of a roof inspection. Single-family residential homes are typically small with simple roofs, which often makes the inspection price for them lower. Commercial real estate structures that are larger or more complex will often lead to more expensive inspection fees.

It’s also important to consider the materials that your roof is made of. Green materials, slate, thatching, and wood singles are all specialty roofing products that may require the expertise of a roofer who is qualified in those materials. Specialty products are likely to cost more money because they have different features than general materials.

The extensiveness of a roof inspection is another factor that determines the price of a comprehensive evaluation. Some roofing inspections include an examination of the attic, checks of all gutters, external fixtures, and windows seals. It’s likely that the cost of a roof inspection will be higher in cases that require more labor, or dangerous conditions, like an extremely steep roof.

Considering all of the factors that influence how much a roof inspection costs is imperative to the preparation that goes into your home maintenance planning. Take care of your home and have your roof inspected annually to ensure you’re preventing damage from costing you even more money.

FAA Approves Drones for Roofing Inspections

Drones are in the news just about every day now. Good news, bad news and public opinion are driving what drones do. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has fought with Amazon.com, delivery services and private citizens who want to use drones daily. Now, AIG, one of the biggest insurance companies in the world, has received FAA approval to replace human roof inspectors with drones. Let’s look at what this means for roof inspections and more.

FAA Approval for Roof Inspections by Drone

By allowing AIG to start relying on drones to do roof inspections, this will cut down on time, money and the man power to get them done in a timely fashion. AIG isn’t the only insurance company to get approval from the FAA, State Farm and USAA also have the same exemption on the books.

AIG is the first to truly push through and get approval to do inspections this way. While they will need to provide drones and training, by inspecting roofs with drones they’re saving time and money. They’re also providing a safer option for inspectors who may not find it safe to get up on all roofs, are afraid of heights or have other issues that prevent them from checking on a customer’s roof. This makes it easier for customers to quickly get insurance feedback on their roof so they can get it fixed or replaced, especially after a storm.

If you’ve ever had a roof inspection on your home, you know it can take time, energy and effort from both you and your roofer. You often wait for a city official to come out, after scheduling an inspection, and sometimes they show up on time and sometimes they’re a no show. This can cause issues with buying or closing a house or just be a frustration after a roof repair or replacement. This seems to be the next step for drone approval and roofing. Only time will tell when it begins to happen.

How to Schedule a Roof Inspection

When having your roof done, different terminology is thrown at you by everyone from your salesmen to your roofers. This can be confusing and frustrating. Roofing estimates and roof inspection are two terms that are used in ways that make it seem like the same process, but they’re not. A roof estimate is when a roofer comes out, checks out your roof, and writes up an estimate of repair or replacement costs. A roof inspection is when the city comes out, inspects the roof, and deems it safe and fit for use. Let’s look at how to schedule a roof inspection.

Scheduling a Roof Inspection

Note: These are general instructions, each city will vary in how they like to have roof inspections scheduled.

If your roofer isn’t scheduling your roof inspection, be worried. When working on your roof, your roof should be following all city rules and regulations for the process, and that generally includes scheduling the inspection. While some roofers will ask you to schedule the inspection based on your scheduling, they’ll usually take the lead by getting what works for you, then setting that date up with the city if you want to be home for the process.

In most cases, the homeowner doesn’t need to be home during a roof inspection, unless it was a specialized roof repair or replacement that requires the city official to get into the attic from the inside of the home. Some roofing companies ask the homeowner to be there under contract, so it will vary roofer-to-roofer.

Once the roof inspection is scheduled, the roofing company will provide a play-by-play to the inspector, answering any questions and ensuring that everything is up to code. If the roof fails inspection, the roofer will make the necessary repairs or correct the issues, then schedule another inspection at no cost to you. If a roofer every charges you for an inspection by the city after your roof fails, this is a red flag and should be reported to the city.

If you have any questions about the roof inspection process in your city, ask your roofer or call the city to get the answers you need.

Why Now is a Great Time for a Roof Inspection

Spring is here! Whether you’re looking forward to the pool opening or excited to get back into gardening, spring brings something for everyone. Spring-cleaning is a popular tradition for homeowners. You crack open the windows, open up trash bags and you clean your house like it’s never been cleaned before. You may do some routine maintenance, start a home improvement project or take care of something on your honey do list you’ve been putting off.

Get a Roof Inspection Now

With spring here, it’s the perfect time for a roof inspection!

Once a year, you should have you roof inspected by a professional roofer. Companies will schedule an appointment, come out and get up on your roof. They’ll look for any signs of normal wear and tear, along with any damage. During the winter months, you may not notice leaks, drafts or other damage especially in the Colorado area. Once the snow melts and warmer weather is here, you can see just what’s going on with a roof.

After the roof inspection, the roofer will give you a rundown of what they saw, what steps need to be taken and potentially give you a quote from their company. From there, you can determine the next steps. If its small repairs, you might be able to get them done right immediately. If it’s something bigger, you may need to shop around or figure out how to budget for them. Either way, your roofing professional will be able to give you a better picture of what’s needed after performing a roof inspection.

If you delay roof inspection, especially if you notice a problem once spring is here, you may be causing even more damage to your roof. Down the line, this can be expensive and may not be covered under your insurance plan. Make sure that you address any issues with your roof right away, whether you get a roof inspection or not.

Roofcorp provides free roof estimates and can come out and look at your roof today. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you.