Understanding the Different Types of Roof Inspections

Along with regular maintenance, a roof inspection is key to safeguarding your investment. Whether you do your own inspections or have a professional do it for you, don’t put it off.

Roof inspections - how often and how much

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As a homeowner, you would be wise to only check your roof from a ladder. Leave the complete roof exam for a professional Denver roof inspector.

If you decide to check your own roof, a couple times a year is plenty unless you have a bad storm. Be sure to follow these safety precautions when using a ladder to check your roof and if you aren’t comfortable, find someone who is.

Here is a checklist for do-it-yourself types:

Roofing Inspection Checklist | Roof Inspection for DIYers | HouseLogic

Here’s what to look for:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)
  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.

See the full post here: Roofing Inspection Checklist | Roof Inspection for DIYers | HouseLogic

There are a number of ways to have a professional survey your roof and the visual examination is the most common. If your roof can be accessed safely, a qualified roof inspector can take pictures and inspect the surface more thoroughly than automated equipment can.

Other methods are using an extended camera, core sampling, a thermal roof survey, and becoming more and more popular are drone inspections of your roof.

Another technique that requires fairly sophisticated equipment is electronic leak detection, as seen in this video:

Having your Denver roof inspected isn’t cheap. Some of the main costs when hiring a roof inspector are the services requested by the property owner or the buyer.

A typical roof inspection, besides the shingles, will include checking the condition of soffits and fascia, gutters and downspouts, rooftop vents and flashing.

Most inspectors charge a flat fee for their services, but additional fees can apply depending on the type of roof. Factors such as if the roof has a steep pitch, multiple levels, is larger than average, or is more than 50 years old will increase the price.

The information below is from Home Advisor:

Cost of hiring a roof inspector

Performing regular roof inspections can lower your overall repair and replacement costs by almost 50% and extend the life of your roof up to 25 years.

If you have asphalt, composite, or wooden shingles, you should schedule inspections every 3 years. Tile or clay roofs are more durable and only need to be surveyed every 5 years.

However, some sites will tell you to have it checked twice a year. It will partially depend on the age of your roof and the severity of weather in your area.