Storms have a way of spectacularly exposing the long neglected problems on your roofing. They don’t have to be strong winds, hailstorms or torrential rainfall; if the roof has not been inspected and reinforced after a long duration of time, even a minor storm will have a devastating impact on the structure and repairing the roof after storm damage is always way more costly than carrying out professional inspections and minor repairs before the storm.
This is why it is always advisable to carry out regular and professional inspections to detect problems before they deteriorate further. Roof inspection and repairs is a tasking job and if you lack the experience, it can also be risky so this not one of those fall DIY projects. Professional roof inspectors have the expertise to carry out competent inspections and generate professional reports that can be used for insurance claims procedures and by contractors carrying out repairs to ensure your roofing is restored to tip-top shape after storms.
There are many benefits for hiring a professional for this job. These include the following:-
Detect Critical Issues with Your Roofing
There are a lot of damages that your untrained eye might not detect but which a hawk-eyed professional roof inspection specialist will notice. They generally inspect both the roof interior and exterior and capture all the minute detail that will need your attention. Exterior roof inspection generally entails the following:-
- Roof leaks
- Moss or mould growth
- Checking state of the drains, fascia and gutters
- Looking for ice dams
- Checking for tiles and shingles that are damaged i.e. chipped, cracked, curled or missing.
- Inspecting the state of the flashing on the eaves, side walls and valleys.
- Checking if the roof-wall intersections have been installed properly.
- Inspecting if the drainage is in great shape
- Inspecting the state of the various roof penetrations including skylights and chimneys.
Professional roof inspection specialists can also carry out interior roof inspections. These tasks include:-
- Ventilation of the roof
- Signs of mould or moisture
- Checking if the insulation is in good shape
- Checking if the roof has any structural problems
Professional Roof Inspection Will Buttress Your Case for Insurance Claims
This should be a no-brainer. You are going to have a higher probability of success in your insurance claims process after storm damages if your roof is inspected and reports issued by a professional roofing inspection specialist than when you do it on your own. Professionals can track the “lifecycle” of roof damages and give an accurate account of storm damage on your roof that will help your case. An insurance company is more likely to trust a competent roof inspection specialist than you.
Roof inspection specialists have extensive experience preparing detailed and comprehensive reports on roof repairs and inspections. You might be a handy person but you may not have the technical skill required to write technical reports on storm damages. These reports will be useful in various critical situations beyond just the insurance claims.
A comprehensive roofing inspection report will include information such as the focus areas on your roofing that have been identified after an inspection, an estimate of the cost of roof repairs, description of the storm damage, photo documentation etc. This information can be used in various ways including the following:-
- As previously stated, the documentation can help you put forward a credible case for insurance claims.
- A comprehensive roof inspection report can offer an estimate of the remaining useful life of the roof. This can help you plan accordingly for any future roof replacements.
- You get a general peace of mind. You don’t want to live with uncertainty that disaster may be lurking somewhere on your roof that will erupt some time in the future. With roof inspection reports, you can arrest problems early on before they multiply and lead to future costly repairs.
- Documentation on roofing repairs may also be required when you are planning to sell your home.
Save Money over the Long Term
Hiring a professional to inspect your roof will help you save money over the long haul. Comprehensive roof inspections enable you to detect future risks and fault lines and make early interventions cost effectively. Repairing a small leak now may save you hundreds or thousands of dollars that you could have spent a few years down the line in replacing weakened structures occasioned by leaks. Leaks also cause serious damage to the property in your house interiors. Detecting these leaks early will save you both time and money in the future not to forget the possible inconvenience of having to leave the house altogether because of a seriously leaking roof.
One of the hallmarks of a competent and professional roof inspection is that it is very accurate. The roof inspection specialists will be able to identify the exact points where there is a fault or weakness. That means that a tradie carrying out the repairs will have an easier time fixing the problems in less time which cuts down the cost of roof repair and maintenance. Professional and precise roof inspection might also save you from the need to carry out a wholesale replacement of the roof due to a fault that can be fixed at a low cost.
Extend the Lifespan of your Roof
This is perhaps an overlapping point but one that requireas a little emphasis. Professional roof inspections allow you to detect problems early. You are therefore able to take corrective steps early on in order to fix them and that eliminates the need to replace your roof before its warranty even expires. Those minor repairs will lengthen the lifespan of your roof as roof damages generally deteriorate very rapidly when not fixed in time. Given the high cost of roof replacements, professional roof inspections can be regarded as an investment your roofing. They allow you to use your roof for the duration of their warranty and even beyond that saves a lot of money that you can invest elsewhere.