What part of the house is responsible for more than a third of homeowners insurance claims? You’re correct if you answer “the roof”. Leaky roofs are not only annoying but can also cause all kinds of problems. A leak can cause dampness and mold, which can affect the structural integrity of the house as well as negatively affect your health. Water leaks can also get into your electrical system and cause fire hazards. A professional roof inspection can help you identify potential problems before they become more serious.
What are the benefits of a professional roof inspection?
A roof inspection in Florence SC serves three purposes: to determine if any roof repairs are necessary; to estimate the remaining lifespan of the roof; to provide a certificate (which could be valid for between 2 and 5 years depending on where you live). This certificate could be used as a selling point if your home is on the market.
If you’re buying a house, do not expect your home inspector to inspect the roof. While the inspector may point out potential problems from the ground, he or she cannot inspect the roof and give you an estimate of how long the roof will last. This is the job of a specialist roofing contractor.
A free roof inspection is not a job that just anyone can do. It is dangerous for you to walk on the roof if you don’t understand what you are doing. A qualified roofing contractor is familiar with safety procedures and the appropriate equipment that needs to be used. A qualified roof inspector can spot potential leaks that may not be obvious to the untrained eye.
When is the best time for a roof inspection?
It is recommended that your roof be inspected in the following situations:
- Once a new roof is installed, ensure that it conforms to the local building code.
- After a major storm such as a hurricane or hailstorm, to confirm if your roof has sustained damage and to allow you to file an insurance claim, if necessary, within the time limit
- If you’re looking to buy a property or sell your home.
- As part of a household preventive maintenance routine.
Don’t assume your roof will be in perfect condition for the duration of your warranty. Avoid relying on your warranty for assistance if your roof has problems. Pay attention to the fine print. Often, a warranty will require regular professional roof inspections as part of the maintenance you must perform.
What will the Inspector look at?
A detailed checklist will be provided by the roofing contractor that you hire. These items include:
- Roof material — Its general condition, wear, and tear, damaged, curling or lose shingles or fasteners, greater-than-normal granule loss from asphalt shingles
- Exterior roof structure — sagging, other deformation, staining, damage or rot of flashings, soffit or fascia, gutter clogs or inadequacy pitch
- The interior condition of the roof is seen from the attic. Cracks, staining, or dampness. Roof or window leaks
- The ceilings below the attic — cracks, stains, and moisture
- The inspector will inspect the roof and make recommendations for roof repairs or roof replacement.
- After the inspection is complete, the inspector will write a report highlighting any issues and suggesting follow-up actions if needed.
Call Florence Roofing Experts now if you’re looking for a reliable roofer to check the condition of your roof and if repairs or replacement is necessary.
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