Do you need a roof inspection? Not sure? If you’re feeling unsure, that’s your gut instinct sending a clear message. Maybe you’ve seen, heard, or felt something unusual. You might need a repair; you might not. No problem. Roof inspections are free and non-binding.
Here are three big questions to ask yourself. If you answer either with a “yes,” it’s time for an inspection.
- How long has it been since your roof was last inspected? If it’s been over five years, you should get it checked out by a professional. A lot can happen in five years, and if you are not checking your roof regularly, something could go wrong.
- Are you noticing any problems with your roof? You should get an inspection done immediately if you see anything that looks strange. The most common roof problems include leaks and missing shingles and holes. These are all signs that point toward calling a professional.
- Is your roof in need of repairs? If a repair or replacement is necessary, ask your inspector for tips on everyday roof maintenance: keeping your chimney clean, ensuring no branches are resting on your roof, and clearing gutters regularly.
What happens during a roof inspection?
Let’s define the purpose of a roof inspection first. It’s simple: find and fix the problem in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
To start, we’ll ask about any areas of concern or specific problems you’ve noticed and get some background information on the age of your roof. Your roof inspector will run through a standardized procedure to locate the area of the roof affected, assess the severity of the damage, and determine what course of action to take next.
How long does a roof inspection take?
On average, an inspection takes about 45 minutes to an hour. We’ve gotten fast, but the key is to remain thorough. Sometimes it takes over an hour to locate and diagnose an issue.
How much does a roof inspection cost?
Nothing. We provide inspections for free.
Let’s take a look at the roof inspection process.
The first thing that your inspector will do is hop up on the roof to inspect your roofing shingles or panels, your flashing and penetrations, and your gutter system. The condition of your shingles will go a long way into determining what kind of fix your roof needs. If there’s widespread wear and tear across the roof, you should get a complete roof replacement. The shingles have likely reached the end of their functional life.
Next, your inspector will check your roof for leaks or damage and investigate your gutters for clogs, ensuring there aren’t places where water backs up onto the roof. Sometimes, roof leaks are not visible from the top of the roof. Your inspector may ask to see inside your attic and check the ventilation and roof decking.
Then, he will scan the roof decking for rotted or water-damaged patches and locate where your attic is being vented to determine if enough air is moving through.
- Pro Tip: If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, your roof won’t last nearly as long as possible with correct ventilation. Heat will build up, causing additional wear to the adhesive holding shingles to your roof, and it may even have condensation buildup in the roof decking. A professional inspector will be thorough, deliberate, and precise in his approach to identification and documentation.
Once your inspector is satisfied with the inspection, he will put together a report with pictures and descriptions of the damage, present a summary of his conclusions regarding the condition of your roof, and provide a recommendation for repair or replacement. A quality roofing contractor will provide all the information you need to make an informed decision on a roof repair or a replacement.
Should I get my roof inspected after a hail storm?
Yes. The most common time to get your roof inspected is immediately after a storm. Severe weather events, including hailstorms and high winds, can inflict serious damage on your roof, especially if it’s aging or poorly constructed.
Do not wait to report storm damage. Call for an inspection so we can diagnose the damage as soon as possible—before any additional rainfall comes through. Storms often affect the most vulnerable areas. It’s a sure bet that some water will find its way and cause greater damage to your roof structure.
Can a roof inspection company manage my insurance claim for me?
Absolutely. JUNO Construction Group is on your team; we know how to handle insurance adjusters. Are you worried about paperwork? Don’t be. We take care of it.
When is the best time of the year to get my roof inspected?
We’d recommend inspections in the late summer or fall so that we have time to fix any damage before winter.
Roofing is much more complex at freezing or near-freezing temperatures, so warmer seasons are ideal. But you know us, we can do anything, anywhere.
Let’s get an inspector out to your roof today. Remember that inspections are free. I’ll see you all next time.
Carlos Rivero, Founder & Owner
JUNO Construction Group