Many homeowners across the United States never get to understand the difference between a roofing estimate and a roof inspection. It’s not just about hiring a roofing contractor or accepting a free estimate from a roofer. You need to ask yourself which of the two do you need. That means you need to be aware of the kind of roof damage you’re dealing with at any given point. For instance, if you’re dealing with missing shingles or a roof leak, you may need to request for a roofing estimate so you can know the cost of fixing the problem.
So, what’s an estimate? Probably you already have an idea. An estimate is what informs you on the amount of money you’re required to spend for specific roofing problem. Be sure that includes a breakdown of the cost of labor and materials, as well as the time needed to accomplish the task. Avoid anything that’s not specific.
A roofing inspection, on the other hand, is what a homeowner needs when he wants the condition of his or her roof examined. The roofing contractor, in this case, will come and examine your roof, checking for any issues that require fixing. It may also involve predicting time your roof can last before you can replace it with a new one.
Roofing inspections are often free, but a roof inspection will cost you some money. During an inspection, consider asking your roofing contractor to identify areas that need repair and, if possible, specify the lifespan of your roof.
What should you expect During a Professional Roof Inspection?
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends or rather suggests that homeowners should have their roofs inspected in spring and fall. Your roof might be the strongest or the most resistant and durable, but it may still have some weaknesses. To ensure it serves you for its entire lifespan, you need to maintain it throughout the year. Roof maintenance involves inspecting for roof problems and fixing them before they cause more damage and become more costly.
Hiring a roofing professional to inspect your roof at least twice a year will help you detect any problems and have them fixed. It’s the best way to prevent any structural damage to your roofing system and home. Professional roof inspection includes:
- A Complete interior roof inspection. This involves checking for moisture and mold, proper ventilation, and insulation in the attic.
- A full exterior inspection which includes checking for roof leaks, ice dams, chimney work, proper flashing, and the condition of your roof shingles.
- A course of action in case there’s a roof problem to be fixed
- A detailed estimate with recommendations on what should be done.
If your home has signs of water damage on the ceiling or your shingles look deteriorated, it’s time to contact a licensed roofing professional to have your roof inspected. Other sings may include a sagging roof deck and rot and mold on your roof.
The only way you can know or rather discover potential problems in your roofing system and prevent major damage, in the long run, is through roof inspections. However, if you’re certain your home needs a new roof, you don’t have to worry about a roof inspection. Simply contact a licensed and bonded roofing contractor and request for an estimate to find out the cost of a new roof or repairs.