What information should be in a residential roof inspection?

What information should be in a residential roof  inspection?

The following list:

Improper Flashing: a home should have at least 3 feet of leak barrier. This should be an underlayment specifically designed to repel ice and water (not tar or felt paper, which can cause leaks).

 

Leaks: Typically if you see any leaks or signs of water damage on the ceiling, you most likely have a leak in your roof. It’s also possible that water could not be draining properly  due to clogged gutters. With strong winds, you may have seen some of your shingles blow away. This leaves spaces for water to seep into your home and cause damage.

 

Rot and Mold: Are there water damage marks or dark spots with trails? Rot and mold can occur when you have constant water exposure to wood rafters.

 

Structural: If your roof deck is sagging or if you can see natural light showing through the roof. A professional roofing contractor should be called in immediately.

 

Shingle Deterioration: This can include shingles that are loose, missing, curling, buckling, rotting or have algae growth.

 

Gutters: If your gutters sound like maracas when you shake them, you may have an excessive amount of loose shingle granules. This is a common sign of advanced wear on your shingles.

 

  • 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.
    • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
    • Full interior roof inspection (which means going into the attic)
      • Proper insulation.
      • Ventilation
      • Moisture and mold.
    • Full exterior inspection
      • Leaks
      • Ice damage
      • Condition of roof shingles
      • Chimney work
      • Proper flashings (dormers, valleys, side walls, eaves and rakes).


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