What is a roof inspection?
A roof inspection is a thorough examination of the structure of your roof. It gives you a heads-up on any potential repairs that you might need and problem areas that need to be addressed.
What do roof inspectors look for?
Water damage is the number one red flag most home inspectors look for in shingles. This can lead to more serious issues like rot or mold growth. Often, water damage is also a symptom of a bigger problem like clogged gutters, blown-off shingles, or leaks in the roof. Excessive granules are also a sign that your shingles are slowly deteriorating and are close to giving out. Rust is a big problem for metal roofs. Damage to the flashing and seams could over time let water leak in.
The interior inspection of your roof checks for mold growth and rot from water damage. The inspector is looking for things like light passing through the roof, cracks, and sagging plywood or rafter beams.
Here are some of the areas that are checked:
1. the roof-covering materials
2. the gutters
3. the downspouts
4. the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations
5. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs