Routine roofing inspections are scheduled for a variety of reasons. You may have an upcoming sale that requires an updated inspection. You may also have repairs and damage from a recent storm. Insurance companies may require a routine roofing inspection regularly. You understand why you need the inspection. What you may not know is what is covered during the inspection. Here are some of the basic inspections your roofing contractor and inspector will focus on during your next appointment.
Caulk and Flashing
You may not consider the flashing or the caulk of your roof as part of an inspection. If the caulk or flashing is damaged, it can lead to serious water damage issues and vulnerability. Consider the caulking of your sink, shower, or tub. If that caulk begins to peel or pull back, you are exposing the now-open area to water damage. The same is true with roofing flashing and caulk. Your inspector will check these areas to determine if replacement or repair is necessary and if there is any chance of damage in the near future.
Buckling and Curling
Various types of shingles and metal can begin to buckle and curl over time. Damaging high winds, rain, snow, and ice can also lead to loose roofing systems and eventual buckling. When this happens, you are in danger of losing entire portions of your roofing system to future winds and rain. Your roofing inspector will check for buckling and curling conditions that may expose the membrane of the roof, roof decking, or even the loose shingles that can become dislodged from the area. Any need for repairs or replacement will be noted on the inspection form.
Chimney Cap Issues
If you have an active fireplace and chimney system, your inspector will likely place these areas on the inspection list. There are several issues a chimney can have that can lead to further problems on your roof and in the living space of your home. One of the leading causes of roofing and weather damage from chimneys is a broken or missing chimney cap. If this happens, water can fall into the chimney and into the living area of the home. A broken chimney cap may also be a sign of cracks and damage in the upper chimney brick as well.
These are just a small sample of the different focus areas of a routine roofing inspection. If you have specific concerns, your contractor will focus on those as well. You can also request a customized inspection plan depending on your needs. If you have questions regarding the inspection, what is covered, or specific inspection needs, discuss them with your contractor. They can organize the ideal inspection checklist for you and schedule the appointment.