Roof Inspection and Reports
Periodic roof assessments might seem like a luxury, but they can help you spot developing problems before they cause costly damage to your home.
A thorough professional roof assessment involves getting onto the roof and into your attic, looking for:
- Curled, cracked, damaged or missing shingles
- Moss growth
- Proper balanced attic ventilation system with the adequate amount based on the square footage of the insulated ceiling space.
- Mold detection
- Corrosion of metal flashings and metal roofing
- Curled, split, loose or rotted wood shingles
- Blisters, bare patches, curled edges on flat roofs
- Damage to ventilators or roof vents
- Damaged flashings around eaves, chimneys and vents
- Sagging portions
- Soft spots in the roof deck
We also check to see if the right type of roof ventilation devices are being used, and can recommend alternatives if necessary.
Finally, a visual assessment of the roof decking will determine whether or not it meets the manufacturer’s specifications.
The experts of Elite thoroughly inspect your roof, then consider the age of your roof and the extent of any damage.
There are four areas of the roof and attic that should be involved in every thorough roof assessment:
- An exterior evaluation of the roof structure. This would include any defects in the roof structure. Unevenness or sagging could indicate a defect or poor construction
- The roof surface materials. Inspect the overall condition of the shingles or roofing materials for granular wear and popped nails. Flashings around chimneys, dormers, valleys, plumbing stacks, rusting voids or loose fasteners can be a cause for potential problems.
- An internal investigation of the attic space will reveal problems with attic ventilation, damaged wood, and past or present leak sources. Rusted nails or stains around the roofing nails that penetrate the roof deck -- or in extreme conditions black mold -- indicate a potential venting problem. If insulation was added, there is a good chance that the intake could be obstructed. A ventilation calculation should be conducted to insure the attic space has the required airflow. Bathroom fans and plumbing stacks should also be checked to make sure they are properly connected and venting to the outside of the attic. Most of this inspection should be performed from the attic hatch.
- An examination of all the interior ceilings below the attic. The inspection will look for clues that might suggest current or past history of leaks or ventilation problems. In order for a ceiling to show signs of water damage, there would have been damage to the insulation and ceiling.
In some cases, it is easy for anybody to recognize a roofing problem. For example, a missing shingle is easy for the homeowner to diagnose from the ground. However, other issues are much more detailed and may only be caught be a professional.
Who Should I Hire To Do My Roof Assessment?
For most people, a roof assessment is not something they want to do on their own. They have no idea what they are looking at, and would rather stay on solid ground. If this sounds like you, it would be in your best interest to hire a qualified roofing contractor.
We also recommend roof, wall and ceiling assessments using digital thermal imaging, as well as moisture detection devices, both of which can detect damage invisible to the naked eye.