Roof inspections are simply visual inspections of the readily accessible areas of the roof that determine the integrity and approximately when it will need to be replaced. Roof inspectors are not going to climb up on your roof or the roof of a home you are thinking of buying and pull up shingles or tiles. Roof inspectors have special procedures wherein they can determine the approximate lifespan of a given roof without tearing into it. At first glance it might seem that roofing inspectors would have to pull up part of the roof to do a thorough examination, but if you consider your own roof, would you want anyone tearing holes into it just to see if it was in good shape?
In most cases, a home inspector will conduct a roof inspection by walking on the roof surface and entering the attic. There are instances where the inspector may not be able to walk on the roof. These instances may include: Unusual height (roof inaccessible by means of a 12-foot ladder), tile roofing (where walking on the surface could cause breakage), excessively steep or wet roofs (where walking would be unsafe). In these cases, it is common practice to inspect from the ground with the aid of binoculars or from the roof edge from atop a ladder. In those situations, the inspector should indicate that the inspection was limited and advise further review by a licensed roofing contractor.
Many roofing contractors will provide a free roof inspection, including a written estimate outlining the required repairs, as a means to solicit work. This is a fine approach if you already have a relationship with your roofing contractor. If not, be cautious, get two inspections done by separate companies, or hire a roof inspector who doesn’t also offer repairs. This way you can be sure that the inspector isn’t recommending unnecessary work. At Quality Home Inspection, our business is inspecting not repairing. This assures you are receiving a quality unbiased inspection report with no hidden agenda.
The cost of a roof inspection is negligible compared to the cost of repairing or replacing a roof. This makes regular roof inspections a wise investment. Wouldn’t you prefer to find potential leaks and related damage before they become real problems? And before they lead to major repair bills? Call us today and schedule your inspection.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roof covering in residential construction and are available in various grades. Depending on grade, the serviceable life expectancy of the asphalt shingle roof in South Florida varies between 12 and 16 years. A number of factors can accelerate the aging process of asphalt shingles in South Florida. These factors include drainage, slope (angle), exposure (roofing facing south age faster than other exposures) and attic ventilation.
Asphalt roll roofing is intended to last eight to ten years. It is possible to extend life expectancy by coating it with elastomeric roof coatings, roof cement or tar. This type of roofing is generally found on low pitch roof surfaces on porches, patios and additions.
Tile roofing is one of the most attractive and durable roofing systems you can install on your home. Roof tiles are made from various materials such as clay, concrete, synthetic, or slate. Depending on the type of tile installed, the serviceable life expectancy can be 20 to 30 years. The most important thing to remember about caring for a tile roof is that you cannot just walk around freely on it while performing maintenance such as cleaning. Tiles are durable against weather and such, but walking on them improperly can cause them to crack or break.
Metal roofing has gained dramatic popularity over the past decade with South Florida homes. Metal roofs can be made of different materials (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper and alloys) and different styles (panels, simulated shingle and simulated tile just to name a few). They are favored for their heat resistant qualities, resistance to high winds and expected longevity when installed properly. Most metal roofs can have a serviceable life expectancy of 20 to 50 years.