Tips on selecting a roofing inspector for your roof inspection

by Property Management Software on March 31, 2010

Real Estate Property Roof Inspection Tips

Real Estate Property Roof Inspection Tips

Most roofing projects are not for the do-it-yourselfer.  Home owners, property owners, landlords, property managers and property management companies should follow these tips when hiring a reputable roofing inspector:

  • Look for an established, licensed or bonded roofer.
  • Ask for references and call them up.
  • Ask to see certificates of insurance. Make sure that coverage for liability and workers compensation insurance is current.
  • Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check for complaints filed against the contractor.

Ask the inspector to look for prior hail or wind damage or decay, which can allow water to penetrate the roof and damage ceilings and walls. Several factors can contribute to a roof’s decay, such as:

  • Ultraviolet light from the sun and temperature extremes in your area.
  • Exposure to wind, snow, ice and rain, and foot traffic on the roof.
  • Dark-colored shingles, because they absorb more light, may have shorter service lives than lighter colors in southern climates.
  • Ask the inspector what you can do to reduce your wildfire risk on your existing roof and for advice about future roof protection.
  • Get an estimate on the remaining life of your roof.

If it will be a while before you replace the roof:

  • Inspect the roof in the fall and spring for cracked or curling shingles or damaged roofing materials.
  • Clean rain gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris.

TIP: Schedule a professional roof inspection following each hail storm that strikes your area. Hail damage can be difficult to spot.

Source: Institute for Business & Home Safety

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