If you’re buying a home, don’t confuse a home inspection with a roofing inspection. A home inspector will look at the roof from the ground or he may even get on it and look at it. He should look in the attic, however, he’s not trained in all aspects of roofing. Here are some differences between how a home inspector looks at your roof and how a roofing contractor does when he’s providing a roofing inspection.
A Home Inspector’s Roofing Responsibilities
The home inspector’s main job when it comes to your roof is ensuring it’s structurally sound. They should inform you if there are missing shingles or obvious signs of roof damage. A home inspector should also evaluate the roof protrusions like chimneys, vents and skylights and provide feedback regarding their state. He may also know when there’s evidence of water damage from a now repaired leak.
A Roofing Inspector Does Much More
We’re not saying every home purchase requires a roofing inspection. However, if the home inspector sees any red flags, you might want a more thorough look at the roof. In addition to what the home inspector looked for, a roofing contractor will also:
- Verify your gutters are leak free and installed properly
- Look at the fascia for holes or signs of pest infiltration
- Evaluate your flashing and chimney cap and determine if it should be replaced or resealed
- Check condition of ventilation and evaluate if there is a proper ratio for the attic space
- Measure your insulation and check its condition
- Check the roof deck and structure for hurricane readiness
- Signs of loose shingles or tiles
He may even provide you with an estimate of the remaining life of your current roof. Some offer roof and gutter cleaning as part of a roofing inspection.
Schedule Your Roofing Inspection with Suncoast Roofing Solutions
Although your home inspection may give you the peace of mind you need about your home’s roof, if it doesn’t, you should call a roofing contractor and schedule a roofing inspection. You’ll pay for this service but it’s better to know before you close on your home that there is a major issue than to find out after the first big rain. Suncoast Roofing Solutions can provide you with a total roofing inspection that includes an estimate for any recommended repairs that you can use to negotiate with the seller. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 to schedule your appointment.