What Happens In Our 17 Point Roof Inspection
Posted on December 29, 2017 at 2:56 PM by Dawn Gee
At Bakeris Roofing, we have a 17 point roof inspection that covers every important detail. Number one, we’re going to try to determine the approximate age of the roof. Is it 1-5 years old or 16 years old? The most important day in the life of the roof is the day that it’s installed. How it was installed is also extremely important. We pride ourselves on making sure that all the guarantees and warranties we offer remain in place.That’s why we need to find out whether we installed it or somebody else did. If we didn’t do the roof, we’ll have to verify that it was done properly.
We need to inspect whether or not the roof has been nailed on securely. We also need to find out if there is moisture present, because condensation can accumulate and lead to issues. Are there any water leaks or interior stains on the ceiling? Stains, discoloration, or haze around the edges of the interior walls are a clear indication that there’s water where it shouldn’t be. It might be because something is wrong with the insulation or ventilation.
Is the decking (the underlayment where the roof is on) deteriorating or rotting? Was there ice and/or water on the house? Without a properly installed ice and water shield, it’s likely that ice and water will build up and rot the wood. Another potential cause for concern would be granular deterioration. When you clean out your gutters, can you see an excessive amount of granules? That means that the rain has probably washed that material off from your shingles. It is a clear indication that the shingles are deteriorating and providing less protection to your roofing system.
Are there any missing, loose, or split shingles? A missing shingle means it was blown off the roof, probably because it wasn't nailed on properly. Because homeowners don’t usually walk on the average roof, any tears, discolorations, or dark patches probably come from something like hail. (It could have happened a long time ago or more recently.) When hail hits a shingle, it pushes away the normal color and leaves behind the clearer original color underneath. The dirt actually got blasted off of it from the force of the hail’s impact.
Algae or moss would cause there to be green colored substances on the roof. It could be from water that’s not draining off of the roof like it’s supposed to. Trees that are close to the roof can also lead to moss growth. These are things that are definitely not good for the roof, so we check for them too.
This was just a brief breakdown of some of the things we look for when we do our 17 point roof inspection.