Winston Salem Roofing: Article About Roof Inspections
Withstanding high winds, temperatures approaching 120 degrees F and countless rain, ice, hail and snow storms, a home's roof is constantly bombarded by potentially damaging elements. Eventually, these conditions will wear down the roof's integrity, leading the way for growing damage to the roof, the home's structure and its belongings.
Regular and special inspections can give homeowners important updates on the condition of the roof so that problems are caught early. Inspections are also important tools for determining whether a problematic roof can be repaired or needs to be replaced, and they're useful for verifying that a new roof was installed correctly. While a trusted Winston Salem roofing contractor will walk homeowners through the steps of the roof inspection, here's an overview of three most common roof inspections.
Semi-annual maintenance roof inspections are often required by roof warranties and are important preventative tools. During these inspections, roofing professionals will look for broken, missing, cracked or curled shingles that may indicate there is troubling damage. They'll also check to ensure that flashing is fully adhered, the roof line isn't sagging, water isn't pooling, the fascia isn't rotting and gutters are fully attached and clear of debris. In addition to fall and springtime inspections, it's also a good idea to have more detailed inspections every three to five years.
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When roofs are leaking or showing other signs of failure, an experienced roofer is needed to make the assessment whether a repair will suffice or it's time for a completely new roof. These inspections are similar to semi-annual maintenance inspections, but they'll also look for water and structural damage around the roof deck and eaves, dark spots or streaks on the roof surface and damage to the roof's underlayments. Once the inspection is complete, the roofer will provide a detailed report and offer recommendations for the next steps.
Roof inspections may also be required after the installation of a new roof, especially if homeowners are lucky enough to have a No Dollar Limit warranty or a special warranty like GAF's Golden Pledge guarantee. In these cases, inspectors are determining that the roof was correctly installed. Inspectors will thoroughly review the roof, looking at its cohesive appearance and the installation of drip edges, underlayment and shingle starter course. Shingles will be examined for horizontal and vertical alignment. Valleys, nails, hip and ridge caps, flashing, chimneys, vents and all transitions will also be inspected to verify that the installation is sound.