Wondering if you need a roof inspection?

Getting a roof inspection on your home can make a substantial difference. Maybe you’ve been lying in bed, unable to sleep because you’re unsure if your roof is leaking in the rain. Maybe you are concerned about your DIY repair job that didn’t exactly go as planned.

Either way, a roof inspection is more than just knowing whether or not your roof is in good condition. It’s peace of mind knowing your home’s roof is doing its job and won’t come back to haunt you.

Missing shingles blowing off a roof

When To Get A Roof Inspection

Knowing when to schedule a roof inspection is important. If you were only to get an inspection when you already have a leak or other problem with your roof, then you’ll be too late. Roof inspections will help to ensure that your home is protected from the start of damage and no later than that.

We recommend that homeowners get their roofs inspected after any severe storms pass through their neighborhoods. Whether or not you can see signs that your roof is already damaged, getting an inspection can reveal problems with your roof that you wouldn’t otherwise find.

Doing It Yourself vs. Professional Inspection

A lot of homeowners feel comfortable getting up on their roof and inspecting it themselves. While it’s an empowering feeling doing it yourself, there can be some downsides to this.

Pros and Cons of Doing it Yourself

First off, you’ll save yourself the time it takes to schedule an appointment. You’ll also save yourself a little money if there isn’t a roofing company in your area that offers free inspections. The downside to all this is that you might miss some key problems with your roof and overlook the damage that is difficult to detect. Sure you’ll be able to identify obvious roof penetrations, damaged or missing shingles, and other semi-obvious ailments. But you might have a difficult time identifying issues in the roof valleys, attic vents, or roof overhangs. The unfortunate truth is, the costly repairs are the small leaks that go unidentified and cause mold, rot, and other expensive damages.

Pros and Cons of Professional Inspection

 

Paying for peace of mind shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing, but it’s the only “negative” aspect of getting a roof inspection from a professional company. You will, however, receive the advantage of knowing precisely whether or not your roof is ready to be repaired or replaced by a professional.

At the end of the day, a professional inspection will be much more thorough, and be able to identify risk areas and other signs that could lead to problems down the road. This way, you’ll have everything you need to know to make an informed decision as to wether or not you need a new roof.

Moss growing a roof. Checking for damage during an inspection

What to Expect From a Professional

When hiring or getting a free inspection from a professional roof inspector or roofing company, there are a few different things that you should expect. First off, the roof inspector should have a ladder and climb it to visually inspect your roof from up close or get up on your roof to inspect it.

Inspectors should offer a detailed report that tells you the overall health of your roof and all of the components that make up your roof, including vents, gutter system, and even chimney caps. All of these different materials can be damaged during severe weather.

Lastly, a roofing professional should offer a game plan or scope of how much the repairs to the roof would cost and whether or not it can be submitted to insurance. Submitting a roofing claim to your insurance company isn’t difficult, but you will need a thorough report from your inspector, including photographic evidence of the damage.

Roofing Analysis and a Game Plan

After you have a thorough inspection and you’ve seen the analysis on your roof, you’ll be able to either sleep well at night knowing your roof is in good shape or get the proper roof repair needed so you can sleep well. When you partner with a roofing company such as Mars Roofing for your roof inspection, you’ll get not only a comprehensive roof inspection but also a game plan for how to fix the damage.

Depending on how bad your roof is damaged and the extent of repairs, the cost to repair can range drastically. At Mars, our goal is always to ensure that you get the best possible service without having to pay a premium. If we’re able to repair your roof instead of replacing it, we’ll gladly do just that!

In need of an inspection? Reach out to us today; we’ll come out to do your inspection within 24 hours.