At one time or another, a home needs a roof replacement or a roof repair, or a metal roof installation. A roof inspector will be looking for certain telltale items, which would include:

  • Leaks
  • Unusual wear and tear
  • Damage caused by windblown debris
  • Organic growth issues
  • Quality issues that occurred from shoddy installation or subsequent shingle repair

A roof inspection is completed in four parts. A roof inspection covers, structure, materials, interiors, and quality.

Structural Inspection

A roof or home inspector checks for any uneven roof planes or signs of sagging. The inspector also looks at the condition of the soffit, roof fascia, and gutter system. 

Chimneys built from brick or other forms of masonry should be inspected at for cracks, crumbling grout, or damage to chimney caps. Also, a check is performed to ascertain improper venting in the attack, which leads to condensation buildup, resulting in roof life reduction and increases the risk of ice dams forming at the roof’s edge, causing significant damage.

Material Inspection

A quality roof comes from quality materials. The roof inspector will be looking for the following items:

  • Loose, missing, or curling shingles
  • Stains
  • Moss
  • Rust
  • Missing flashing or fasteners

Additionally, roofing shingle aggregate that has settled in roof valleys or on the ground at the bottom of gutter downspouts sign that the roof could be near the end of its useful life. The home inspector will also check the rubber boots and seals around vent pipes, looking for gaps or any form of deterioration.

Interior Inspection

Roof leaks damage your home. A roof inspector will check the following items:

  • Interior ceilings
  • Attic
  • Water stained walls
  • Mold
  • Rot and other signs that water is making its way into your house

Quality Inspection

An inspection of the overall quality of roofing will search your roof for poor or low-quality work that could increase the risks of leaks or other roof damage in the future. There are certainly red flags, like, the incorrect flashing around:

  • Vent pipes
  • Skylights
  • Chimneys

It’s essential always to have your roof inspected periodically by an Indianapolis roofing company or an Indianapolis home inspector for any damage, not only if you plan to sell or refinance your home, but a periodic roof inspection makes sense. It’s the prudent thing to do.