First, let us clarify: when we say inspection, we mean a thorough examination of your roof’s condition and a written report with our findings and recommendations.
This is great document to have if you’re selling your home soon as it gives buyers an expert’s opinion on the state of your roof.
These thorough inspections start at $250 and varies depending on the size of the roof.
Other roofers may say they do free inspections, but they likely just mean an estimate for a new roof or repair. You’ll get a price, but not a deep, written analysis of your roof’s condition.
With that in mind, here’s what should be involved in a quality roof inspection.
What’s included in a good roof inspection?
The point of a roof inspection is to thoroughly examine the roof and underlying structure, usually for a potential homebuyer.
So, a good roof inspector should look for these common roof issues:
- Damage or deterioration of the roof’s exterior and interior
- Damaged or deteriorated underlayment
- Ceiling cracks and leaks
- Curled, broken or missing shingles or tiles
- Issues with fascia, skylights, gutters and drains, skylights, chimneys and vents
- Damaged or missing flashing points
At the end of the roof inspection, the roofing inspector should be able to tell you:
- What the problems are (if any)
- The different options (with cost estimates) to fix them
- How many years your roof has left
That last point is important because it helps you gauge if you should repair or replace the roof.
For example, if you have a tile roof that’s 45 years old and there’s a major issue, you may want to replace the roof if it only has a few years left.
All of the roofer’s findings and recommendations should be recorded in a written document with pictures of problems found.
- “How Long Does a Roof Typically Last in Arizona?” [FAQ]
- “Should I Replace/Repair My Roof Before Selling My Home?”
Your big takeaway: To get a quality inspection, you need to find a quality roofing contractor. Here’s a resource to help you do that: 3 Simple Steps to Choosing an Arizona Roofing Contractor.
“Can’t I just check the roof myself?”
Sure you can! However, there are a few issues with inspecting your own roof:
- Some problems are hard to spot. Like, you’d be hard-pressed to inspect the underlayment in your roof because it’s covered by tile.
- You’ll still need a roofing contractor to find the solutions to your problem and explain how much life your roof has left.
Need a roof inspection in Phoenix or Tucson?
Lyons Roofing can evaluate your roof’s condition and provide you with valuable information that will allow you to make an educated decision regarding the health of your roof.