Roof Evaluation & Inspection in Colorado
For many homeowners, regular roof maintenance is the last thing on their minds. Whether you’re moving into a new home or have lived there for years, when it’s working properly, your roof can fade into the background. However, ignoring the state of your roof can cause problems throughout your home. A cracked or leaking roof can damage the interior of your home and lead to costly repairs if you don’t catch it early.
General home inspections will not often catch damage to a roof. Usually, a more in-depth evaluation from a professional roofing company is needed. To make things worse, your insurance company can reject your claim for damages caused by roof leaks or other problems if your adjustor learns you didn’t keep up regular maintenance on your roof.
A lack of documented inspection history can also give roofing companies reason to deny a warranty claim. Therefore, having your roof evaluated regularly is essential for the health of your roof and to protect you from having to pay thousands of dollars in repairs out-of-pocket.
When to Schedule Roof Evaluations and Inspections
Most roofing experts agree that you should inspect your roof, gutters, and chimneys annually. Roofs in Colorado face extreme weather throughout the winter season and during Spring’s many hailstorms. That’s why these yearly checks should usually be scheduled in the Spring or Fall. These are preventative evaluations; meant to spot damage early on and get it repaired before it worsens.
Note: In addition to the recommended annual inspection, many roofing companies recommend having an inspection done following a significant storm or when damage to the roof is apparent.
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Damage To Your Roof Or After A Storm
Contact PRQ Exteriors to schedule an annual roof inspection with our licensed roof evaluators. If you’ve weathered a nasty storm or can see damage to your roof just standing in your driveway, scheduling an inspection is an easy decision. Your roof takes a lot of punishment during storms. So, it’s essential to make sure it’s in good shape after one blows through.
When Buying Or Selling A House
Are you buying or selling your home? As a new homeowner, it’s critical to have the roof of your new home inspected for damage, wear, or any other surprises. The worst time to discover the roof of your new home has a leak no one told you about is in the middle of a storm. As a seller, having proof your roof has been inspected and is in good shape adds value to your property and gives peace of mind to your potential buyers.
Experienced realtors recommend asking for proof of inspection and certification from the seller before buying a new home. Asking for evidence of certification benefits both parties; sellers can prove the roof is in good condition (which adds value to the property), and buyers have an assurance that they won’t have hefty roof repair bills right after their purchase.
What Is A Roof Certification?
A roof certification is a comprehensive inspection of a homeowners’ roof. A step up from a basic roof inspection, a roof certification confirms that your roof is in good condition and doesn’t need repair. A licensed inspector will even include the estimated remaining lifespan of your roof.
Roof certifications can be completed only by professional, licensed roof inspectors. Roofing companies often employ these inspectors, and PRQ’s inspectors ensure that your certification adheres to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) regulations.
Roof certifications are as close to a guarantee that most homeowners get in the roofing world. They provide an in-depth examination of your roof and are meant to find any potential or ongoing problems and address them before they get worse. They give value to a home for sellers, comfort for buyers, and proof to insurance companies and roofing contractors the roof is maintained correctly. Many mortgage lenders and insurance companies will refuse to deal with a home that has an uncertified roof.
Homeowner Roof Inspections vs. Professional Roof Inspections
Most people could spot large cracks in shingles, moss growing on their roof, or a crack on the side of their chimney. But what about small gaps from wear and tear in the shingles that let water drip through the roof underlayment into the attic? Or the subtle signs that a roof is beginning to sag? Or that the slope of the roof creates a standing water issue?
Often, a professional eye is needed. An inspector with years of experience knows what they’re looking for and could help save your roof from more severe damage.
Can I Do My Own Roof Inspection?
In short, not completely. Roof inspectors have years of experience in the industry and go through extensive training and education to acquire licenses in their fields. Conducting an official inspection or certification requires a license. All of PRQ Exteriors’ roofing inspectors are state-licensed with years of experience.
What To Expect From Professional Roof Inspections
During a typical roof inspection, the inspector will climb onto your roof and examine it, taking note of signs of damage or potential problems. Once the inspection is complete, the contractor will provide an inspection report and notify you of potential issues or necessary repairs for your roof. If the inspector determines repairs are needed, they’ll estimate the approximate cost of the work.
What Do Roof Inspectors Look For?
A professional roof inspector will examine your roof from high to low, looking at the structural foundation of your roof, the gutters, chimneys, vents, shingles, and skylights/solar panels (if you have them). They will evaluate the roofs’ materials, the original builder’s workmanship and check any repair work done by roofing contractors.
Finally, they look for signs of damage or other problems that are trickier to spot. An inspector may also check the attic and inspect the interior of your home for signs of leaks that can cause moss or lichen to grow.
Your inspector will look at the structural integrity and makeup of your roof. They’ll check that the plane of your roof is level and doesn’t sag. If your roof has a chimney, it will be inspected for cracks and weakening grout. The chimney cap will be checked for damage and wear. If you have gutters, the inspector will verify that the downspouts drain water properly and aren’t clogged, damaged, or blocked. They will also check your roof’s drainage system to ensure it’s carrying water off your roof without any blockage.
A vital part of a roof inspector’s job is spotting signs of damage throughout the roof. A professional will look for and take note of any wear and tear to materials, storm damage, evidence of leaks, and other potential damage.
A leaking roof is one of the leading causes of water damage. Of course, as a homeowner, the last thing you want to deal with is water damage inside your home. Fortunately, your inspector will make searching for possible leaks a priority. They’ll search your attic, ceilings, and interior walls for signs of roof leakage. In addition, inspectors will look for mold growth and water stains, possible evidence that a leak exists and has been affecting your home. Your inspector will also examine venting from the attic and verify there is no moisture or heat accumulation that could shorten the life of your roof.
During this part of the evaluation, the inspector will check the materials for damage, inspecting the shingles, flashing, underlayment, and rubber sealing around roof penetrations, like pipes, HVAC elements, and skylights. If your roof has a water-tight membrane, the inspector will make sure there are no gaps or tears that allow water to seep through. Your inspector will make sure no shingles are missing, damaged, or loose and report any signs of shingle curling.
A qualified roofing inspector will note the quality of craftsmanship for the initial roof installation and subsequent repairs and document any issues they notice. They could also check for incorrectly installed flashing around rooftop penetrations, like your skylight or chimney.
Drone Roof Evaluations & Inspections
Recently, the increasing usability of remote-control drones has made them appear more frequently in roofing inspections. PRQ Exteriors was an early adaptor to using this technology to improve the quality of our inspections. Our inspectors will pilot a drone over your roof, scanning for problems in addition to the surface level inspection while standing on the roof. Plus, a drone inspection can cut the time spent on site from three hours to one and provide valuable aerial photography for documenting storm damage.
Would highly recommend PRQ exteriors. From roof inspection, work with insurance company, replacing roof and gutters and final inspection everything went smoothly. This was a complicated project and I appreciated the extra time and work it took to get it accomplished. Shout out to sales manager Alex for his professionalism. Do not hesitate to use this company.
Is A Roof Inspection Worth It?
Having your roof inspected and evaluated is worth it. The average cost of a roof replacement in the U.S. is $8,000. On the other hand, PRQ Exteriors offers a FREE roof evaluation. Compared to the minor cost of upkeep and maintenance, it’s a no-brainer. If there are any problems with your roof, an inspection will catch them early on and save you a hefty bill in the long run.
Minimize Future Roof Problems
Over the years, nature and the elements can wear down every roof. Eventually, part of your roof will need maintenance. Periodic, thorough roof inspections will allow you to address issues before they become more significant problems. Schedule a complimentary roofing evaluation today!
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