The Importance of a Roof Inspection: Whats On Your Roof

In the second series of this installment, we cover what you can expect to be found on your roof during an inspection. When you’re ready to hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof there are specific things that they will look for during that process before moving forward in the claims filing process. There are two things that can be found on your roof during a residential roof inspection. One of which is normal wear and tear that can include some or all of the following:

 

  • Broken seals around HVAC vents and flashing
  • Loss of granules on shingles
  • Loose, curled, broken or missing shingles
  • Lifted or exposed nails
  • Loose ridge vents and ridge caps

loss of granules on shinglesThe second type of damage that can be found on your roof is storm damage which can include some or all of the following:

 

  • Wind damaged shingles
  • One of the telltale signs of wind damage to shingles is a creased shingle
  • Hail damage to shingles and soft metals on the exterior of the home
  • The visible hail damage to your shingle is a circular mark of granular loss on your shingle.

wind damaged shinglesA rooftop inspection is important is because hail not only removes the granules from your shingle which will not only cause it to deteriorate faster but also fractures the fiberglass mat that the granules are attached to which in turn creates a roof leak over time.

 

It is important to take care of storm damage promptly because your insurance company limits the amount of time they allow you to file a claim on a specific storm. It is best to check with your agent on your time limit since every company is different. Over time hail damage will cause leaks as the storm damage has weakened your roof system components.

hail damaged roof shingleIn most cases professional roofers will leave you with documentation that includes the results of your roof inspection and possible next steps of action which would be:

 

  • Peace of mind that your roof is fine
  • A minor repair is needed
  • You need to file an insurance claim

 

Periodic roof inspections are vital to the long-term sustainability of your roof and protection to your home, especially after severe weather events or prior to listing your home for sale.



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