Quarve Contracting
Tuesday 26 January 2016

When to Hire a Roof Inspector

Posted by at 9:00 AM

With all the snow we've been getting, we know many homeowners around the Minneapolis area are a little concerned about their roofs.  Perhaps you've heard that you should have your roof inspected periodically but you've either never had it done or you know it's been a very long time.  We get that - so long as your roof is keeping the weather out, you probably don't think about it. But you should. And only a professional roof inspection can tell you just what shape your roof is in.   It can be difficult figuring out when to call in a professional roof inspector. Do those icicles hanging from your gutters indicate ice dams? Have you got problems with moisture in the attic?  Do you need someone to look at the roof of your home? Are you buying a home and aren't sure about the condition of the roof? A roof inspection can give you the answers to these and other questions. The Purpose of Roof Inspections What exactly does a roof inspector do? A roof inspector will estimate the lifespan of your roof after determining what kind of shape its in. Roof inspectors find problems early in order to keep them from getting worse by inspecting both the exterior surface of a roof and the attic space directly under the roof. These are some of the things they’ll look for:
  • Missing or loose roof tiles
  • Torn or curling shingles
  • Sagging
  • Water damage
  • Holes
  • Light shining through the roof
  • Problems with gutters
If they find any of these issues, they advise the owner (or the prospective buyer) on what repairs are needed or they may even recommend a roof replacement. When Should a Roof Inspector Be Hired? Generally, roofs should be inspected once or twice a year, preferably in the fall and during late spring, especially in places like Minnesota that have severe weather. It’s also a good idea if you live in an area where pests are common. You should also get your roof professionally inspected if any of the following happens:
  • You purchase an older home
  • You’re selling your current home
  • There are leaks with no obvious source
  • Your roof is 20 years old
  • After any DIY inspection
You should also check the warranty for your existing roofing material.  Some warranties require periodic roof inspections to keep the warranty in place.  Read our related post: "Why a Roofing Inspection is Important". If any of this applies to you, give our Minneapolis area roofing company a call. We can inspect your roof and let you know what it needs.  We are a licensed MN roofing contractor serving the greater Twin Cities metro area.