What To Look For In An Inspection
Why Is A Roof Inspection Important?
For most people, their home is the biggest investment they will make in their life. A good roof is an insurance policy against the elements like rain and snow and the damage that they can cause. It’s easy to postpone or forget to do preventative maintenance, especially on the roof, where out of sight, is usually out of mind. A quality roofing assessment is fast, pain-free, and is essential to discover problems and/or anticipate future problems. Problems that come from leaks or moisture seeping onto the tar paper, or decking can do substantial damage if not caught early. At Foster Construction, we suggest looking over the shingles, chimney cap and flashing, vents, and gutters at least once per year.
For a thorough examination, which might be needed by insurance companies, or real estate agents prior to the sale of a home, our professionals can perform a free, no-obligation on-site evaluation. With more than 20 years of experience, we can recognize the weak or damaged areas in your house and make recommendations on how best to fix them. As a bonded and insured roofing contractor in New Mexico, we have a knowledgeable and well-trained staff, ready to inspect any roofing system for all structures. The entire purpose of a roof inspection is to make certain your roofing system remains in superior condition.
Our roof inspections include the following:
- Ensuring you have the correct insulation
- Sufficient ventilation
- Analyzing for the presence of moisture or mold
- Ice dams
- The condition of the shingles, metal, or other roofing surfaces
- Correct flashing around the dormers, valleys, sidewalls, eaves, and rakes
- Chimney Wood rot or deterioration
- Decking such as distorted, drooping, or buckling boards
- Seamless gutters
We suggest that you have a complete inspection of the previous items at least once every two to three years to ensure your roof is in good condition.
Our roofing system inspection specialists will help you recognize the critical areas where roofing system damage can occur, to prevent further damage because of a lack of awareness. Our free roofing inspection covers every component, and after that, we follow it up with a precise report of your roofing system’s current condition.
Many homeowners wonder if a roofing assessment can be done by a basic home inspector. It’s best if a qualified roofing professional is utilized, because of the expenses of roof repairs and the numerous different and special circumstances surrounding types of roofing damage. This sort of examination is different from a regular home inspection in that a roof inspector knows precisely what to try to find and specializes in this specific sort of work.
Our trained inspectors will find any broken or missing shingles, curling, buckling, or blistering shingles, and any indications of decay below the roofing. In addition, we’ll look for areas of rust on the flashing, damage to the caulk around the flashing, damage to the chimney cap, and damaged boots around vent pipes. We will also help identify the number of roofing system vents needed for correct air circulation for your home.
As the homeowner, one thing you can look for is granules from shingles in the rain gutters, and/or rust, sagging, or damage to the rain gutters.
With more than 20 years of experience replacing or repairing roofs for homeowners across New Mexico and the Western Texas Panhandle, you can count on Foster Construction for your free roof inspection. Insurance companies, title companies, and real estate brokers count on us to conduct their roof inspections. These inspections are especially important in this area because of the prevalence of wind storms, thunderstorms, and hail storms throughout the region. Generally, the roof inspection process will look something like this:
- a customer will reach out to us (this can be a bank, a real estate agent/brokerage, a homeowner, or an insurance company)
- we meet the customer at the job and complete an evaluation based on insurance industry standards
- if there is enough damage, we will work with the customer on a bid for completion of the work
- we will schedule the job and complete the work according to agreed-upon timelines and guidelines
- it’s important to note that in rare circumstances where you have a roof that is still in good shape but has a few shingles missing, that roof can still be totaled in certain circumstances. If the shingle style you have on your roof is no longer available in the marketplace, we can sometimes total the roof, as there is no way to replace the original shingle
When Should You Consider A New Roof Inspection?
Because roofing systems wear over time, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected every 2 to 3 years at a minimum. However, the National Roofing Contractors Association suggests you do a quick inspection twice a year to make sure your roof is in good shape; Fall and Spring. In addition, there are some specific events that make it a good idea to have a new roof inspection. These would include, wind storms where winds are above 45 mph, any hail storm where the hailstones are more than 1/2″ in diameter, any time you’ve had branches of any significant size fall on your roof, or rub on the edge of your roof, among many other circumstances.
For your roof inspection needs, count on the pros at Foster Construction. Call today for a free roof inspection (575) 607-8070