Most people don’t think of their roof until a major problem arises, but many issues are preventable with routine roof inspections.

What is a Roof Inspection?
Roof inspections are simply a way to check the roof’s condition and determine its lifespan so potential problems can be prevented. Let’s say a water stain appears on the ceiling inside the home, and it’s coming from the roof. Repairs are now necessary. With a roof inspection, the problem that leads to leaks is detected and remedied before things go bad. This saves time and the expense of repairs that are more costly when the problem gets worse.

How is a Roof Inspected?
Because roofing professionals know what to look for, they don’t need to rip a roof apart for an inspection. They walk the roof, looking for obvious and hidden problem areas. Issues might be loose or missing roofing tiles, weak spots, improperly installed flashing or other things. The inspector might use infrared light to see hot spots on the roof, which means heat is escaping. A complete roof inspection might also include a walkthrough inside the home to check ceilings, walls and the attic for signs of a weak or damaged roof. When and how often to have a roof inspection depends on the structure and type of roofing material, but the key is to include the inspection in regular maintenance to prevent or minimize problems.