Home Inspector Lakeville | Home Inspection (952-583-3701)
Between your roof’s interior and exterior, there are a myriad of opportunities for the condition of your roof to worsen. We’ve outlined some key areas that every inspection should cover—we want you to enjoy peace of mind year-round, and it’s impossible to achieve that without being sure of whether or not it’s in the right state. Whether it’s a run-of-the-mill roof leak, or there was an issue with the quality of the roof installation, here is a list of the following areas of the roof the inspector will inspect:
- Severely blistered, curled, or split shingles
- Loose or missing shingles
- Loose or exposed nails
- Improperly seated nails that “popped”
- Broken or loose shingles at the ride and hip lines
- Signs of missing caulk used to seal flashing
- Rusty or corroded metal flashing
- Damaged or missing flashing
- Sagging on the ridges
- Broken seals on shingles
- Excessive granule loss on shingles
- Chimney cracks
- Rubber boots at the top of pipes (indicating dry rot)
- Damaged gutters and downspouts
- Fascia board that’s damaged or rotted
- Siding above the roof
- Gutters and eaves for proper shingle overhangs
- Cracks on roof sheathing
- Measure and calculate attic ventilation
- Sagging decking (between rafters)
- Outside light coming through
- Attic intake vents for proper ventilation
- Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans for proper ventilation
- Leaks around vents, chimneys, and other holes to the outside
What are the benefits of a Roof Inspection?
- Small repairs outweigh the cost, time, and hassle of a big repair. The last thing you want to do is reallocate your budget and distribute money to other issues after you’ve planned out your fiscal year. Small issues might seem like a big deal, but they’re nothing in terms of scale compared to a comprehensive roof replacement. And even if you need your entire roof replaced, it’s always better to do so earlier before it does some serious damage to your roofing materials.
- It’s safer for everyone inside your home if they’re living with a stable roof over their heads. The longer you put off a roof repair, the more likely they are to suffer the consequences. Damage can occur at any time, and a roofing inspector’s inspection report puts you in a better position to keep your family safe.
- You can prolong your roof’s lifespan. With just a simple inspection, you can cut off an issue at the source and increase your roof’s chances of long-term success. If you wait around for things to get hairy, you severely shorten your roof’s ability to withstand normal wear and tear. The more frequently you maintain it, the more likely it is to last longer. Think of it like going to the doctor: maybe the doctor doesn’t see anything serious, but they did notice something that might cause issues later on. With proactive maintenance, you’ll enjoy a longer, healthier life. Just apply the same principle to your roofing system.