Don’t wait until you see a leak or missing shingles to call an Austin roofing professional. It’s recommended that homeowners schedule an inspection for their roof at least once a year as a preventative measure. You will also need an inspection if you are in the process of selling your home. Buyers will most likely bring in their own inspectors to look at your roof before closing on the deal to ensure there is not significant damage. But, if you’ve never had a roofing inspection done, you may be wondering what you should expect during your first. Here’s everything you should know about routine roof inspections:
Although you may expect the professional from the roofing company to grab a ladder and make his way up to your roof, he may actually begin the inspection inside your home. Allow the inspector to go into your attic so he can examine the roof’s insulation. If your roof does not have enough (or any) insulation, the inspector may suggest you add some to prevent heat from escaping through the top of your home.
During this part of the process, the inspector will also be on the lookout for signs of mold or moisture. Inspectors are trained to observe whether there are any streaks of light coming into the attic from the outside. This signals there is a tiny leak in the roof that is allowing light to pass through.
Once the inside has been analyzed, the inspector will climb onto your roof and take a look at the condition of its exterior. Are there any missing shingles? Are some shingles beginning to curl up on the corners? This will be noted in the inspection report. If there are signs of leaks, an Austin roof inspector will be able to spot them. The inspector will also look at your chimney if you have one, even though this is not technically part of the roof. The exterior portion of the inspection will wrap up with an examination of your roof’s flashing. The inspector will look for rust or cracked caulk that could indicate the flashing needs to be repaired.
If any issues are discovered during the inspection, your Austin roofing professional should let you know what needs to be done to fix them and how much it will cost you. All of this should be provided in a detailed estimate so you have a record if you decide to move forward with any of the suggested repairs.
However, if the inspection is done as part of a real estate deal, you will receive different documentation at the end of the process. Both parties involved in the deal will receive a copy of the inspection report with detailed information on the issues, how much it will cost to fix each of them, and how long the current structure will hold up if nothing is repaired.
If you need an Austin roofing inspection, contact Transition Roofing. Our team will inspect every inch of your roof to ensure it will keep your loved ones safe from harm! Call (512) 416-6000 for a free estimate!