Your roof is the first line of your home’s defense against severe weather such as hail, wind, rain, and snow. Having a professional roof inspection performed at least twice per year is ideal to keep your roof in good shape. This allows homeowners to address any issues before they become larger problems (with higher costs). Understanding the importance of roof inspections will keep you ahead of most roof leaks and roof damage. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that you schedule a roof inspection at the beginning of Spring and Fall and after any major storm event that produces hail or high winds.
Signature Exteriors is a professional roofing company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of our most frequently asked roofing questions are about roof inspections: what to expect, what is the cost, and what is included. Our team of experts has published this guide to help new homeowners and existing homeowners navigate the roof inspection process so you can have peace of mind when it’s completed. Read on to learn more!
Do you need a roof inspection?
We mentioned above that homeowners should have their roof inspected at least twice per year and after any major storms in the area. Other indicators that you need a roof inspection are if you’ve noticed any roof leaks or cool drafts throughout your house. These issues are signs there are potential faults in your roofing system that need to be inspected or repaired.
If you’re an existing homeowner, you might want to schedule a roof inspection once your roof is 10 years or older. Although most shingle types offer a lifespan of at least 15-20 years, general wear and a history of severe weather events can compromise their functionality. A certified roofing contractor will be able to tell you if you have any damaged shingles or risks of roof leaks after they complete an inspection.
If you’re a prospective home buyer, you’ll want to schedule a home inspection (where a roof inspection is included) so you can factor in any costs for roof repairs that might be required before you close the deal. Some roofing contractors will be able to offer you costs for repairs while they’re on-site so you can take that information back to your agent for negotiations.
How much does a roof inspection cost?
Since roof inspections are an essential part of owning a home and the home-buying process, another commonly asked question is what the cost of a roof inspection will be. National data suggests that roof inspections can average between $119.00 – $309.00 in some areas. That said, we recommend homeowners and potential home buyers check their top-reviewed local roofing contractors to see if any offer free roof inspections in your area. Most roofing companies that are locally-owned will offer their roof inspections for free.
If you’re in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and need a roof inspection, Signature Exteriors offers free inspections and roof repair estimates for existing homeowners. If you aren’t in the Charlotte area and need help picking the best roofing company for your inspection, check out our other guide about hiring residential roofers to help you find someone you can trust.
What will my roof inspection report include?
In general, your roof inspection report will include information about the age of your roof, the condition of your shingles, shingle manufacturer notes, and information about the size and pitch of your roof. From there, your roofing contractor will give you more details about any signs of water damage on your roof, recommendations for clogged gutters, damaged flashing, and nail pops. A great roofing contractor will also provide photos of anything they include in your roof report.
We’ve outlined some of the other most common items inspected and included in roof inspection reports below:
Shingle Damage or Shingle Deterioration
The roof inspector will look at your shingles and notate any loose, broken, bent, or damaged shingles. This is where they will see the most obvious signs of any storm damage on your roof.
Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can come from many different things such as clogged gutters, damaged flashing, or shingle damage that is allowing water to penetrate into the underlayment of your roofing system. A trusted roofing professional will evaluate the roof’s sheathing from inside the attic.
Gutters are designed to direct water away off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation and crawl space. The roof inspector will look at your gutters while they’re on the roof to see if they are clogged, contain an excessive amount of debris, or look for any excessive shingle granules collecting in your gutters (a sign of shingle deterioration).
Some roofing contractors will include an estimate to install gutter guards if your home is under a lot of trees or if you have a reoccurring issue of clogged gutters at your home.
Roof inspectors will check for mold, mildew, or algae growth throughout your roofing system. This type of issue is usually a sign of poor drainage or a roof leak.
A roof penetration is defined as any vents, pipes, stacks, or chimneys. Anything that penetrates the roof system. Pipe boots and flashing around these vents and penetrations will wear down over time and are a common cause of roof leaks. A roof inspector will tell you if you need any modifications around these areas to avoid roof leaks.
Flashing is the pieces of metal installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof to create a leak-resistant barrier. It’s a crucial element of your roof and should be included on your roof inspection report. Roof inspectors will make sure that the flashing was properly installed, the sealant is in good condition, and that no storms have damaged the flashing.
If you’d like to learn more about roof inspection reports, check out our FAQ page where we answer our most common questions, define roofing terms, and more!
Once your roof inspection is completed, your inspection report should include information about all of the areas of your roof we mentioned above and include photos of each. If needed, your roofer should also provide you with the cost of any needed roof repairs or a recommendation for a roof replacement if it’s warranted.
Some companies, like Signature Exteriors, specialize in insurance claims and will help you through the claim-filing process and work with your insurance company to ensure that every item is addressed and that your home is restored fully to a pre-loss condition, should you decide to go that route.
Where can I find a roof inspector near me?
A quick Google search of “roofers near me” or “roofing companies near me” can give you a ton of results, and it can be hard to pick a quality roofing contractor from the list. We recommend checking consumer reviews on Google, Angi (previously Angie’s List), and Better Business Bureau to help you decide. Read the reviews to find out how other homeowners felt about their experience. Don’t be afraid to ask your roofing company for their proof of insurance and licensing too!
If you’re located in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area, Signature Exteriors offers free and professional roof inspections. Give us a call at (704) 729-4898 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our staff will be happy to schedule your free inspection.