As with your home’s other systems, preventative maintenance is key to a roof’s performance and longevity. When detected early, problems such as failed flashing or missing shingles are easier to fix and less likely to cause major problems to the structure or interior of your home. That’s where professional roof inspections come in. Roofing professionals know what issues to look for, in addition, of course, to knowing how to make the necessary repairs.
After you schedule a roof inspection, here’s what you should expect:
An Interior and Exterior Inspection
Your roof inspector should look at your roof from both the interior and exterior. Typically, a roofing inspector starts inside the house, examining the ceilings for signs of leaks and water damage. The inspector then walks around the perimeter of the home, checking the eaves and roof overhangs for signs of wood rot and termite damage. Next, the inspector should climb up on the roof. From this vantage point, the inspector will look for:
- Vegetation and debris on the roof
- Broken tiles or shingles
- Rust and other signs of deterioration on roof flashing
- Clogged roof valleys
- Clogged gutters
- Cracked or failing seals around all roof penetrations—plumbing vents, attic vents and fans, pipes, etc.
The result of your roof inspection largely depends on the condition of the roof. If repairs are needed, you can expect a written estimate for those repairs, including a scope-of-work document. If no repairs are needed, your inspector should prepare a written inspection report. Regardless of whether repairs are necessary, getting the inspection results in writing is critical. Your home insurance company will need this information, and it’s good documentation to have on hand if you decide to sell your home.
Free Inspections by One of Maryland’s Finest Roofing Companies
Ultimately, a lot of the issues that professional roofers find during inspections are the result of neglected roof repairs and other issues. Consistent maintenance is key to the health of your roof, and for proper maintenance, you need regular inspections.
In the Baltimore, Maryland, area, Chesapeake Remodeling Group offers free roof inspections for residential and commercial properties. If a storm has damaged your roof or you’d like a professional opinion on whether it’s time to replace it, we can help. We offer honest feedback, so if all that’s warranted is a few roof repairs, that’s all we’ll recommend. As a full-service roofing company, we can help file a storm damage insurance claim, handling all the paperwork so that you can sit back and relax. Once the insurance claim process is completed, we’ll get to work on the repairs you need. We can replace shingles, fix flashing, and complete just about any other type of repair. If a full roof replacement is warranted, our factory-certified roof installers can handle it. We install top-notch systems from GAF, CertainTeed, and TAMKO, trusted manufacturers that back their products with comprehensive warranties.
For more information, or to schedule a free roof inspection at your property in Maryland, contact Chesapeake Remodeling Group today.