Are roof inspections worth it?
A roof inspector can help identify potential problems before they occur and keep damage to a minimum. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael C.)
Most homeowners have probably had experience with a roofing inspector -- a professional who assesses the health of a roof during the homebuying process, or inspects the degree of damage after a severe storm. But did you know that when it comes to preventive measures and maintenance for your home, roof inspectors should be one of the service providers at the top of your list?
Homeowners should be proactive when it comes to the state of their rooftop, and they should have inspections done regularly, says Mark Rutherford of Atlanta Roofing Specialists, Inc., an Atlanta-area roofing company.
Many roofing experts suggest homeowners have these inspections done every year or two. By doing so, you can get help identifying potential problems before they occur and keep damage to a minimum. While a roof inspection does come with a price -- dependent on size and type of roof -- it’s relatively painless for the homeowner and can pay off in big ways.
“Checking a roof for what is wrong is similar to how you check for counterfeit money,” Rose says. “[The roofing inspector] knows what correct looks like; he is only looking for what should not be there. He should be able to tell you about how old it is, life expectancy, unacceptable installation and changes in the roof." Finding and fixing small problems can save you a lot of money in the long run and can help you avert the inside damages caused by roof leaks.
So how do you find a roof inspector and get the process rolling?
Rose says the trick is to find one with integrity. He says a quality inspector will assess the problems and let you know what you need to have repaired, rather than trying to sell a whole new roof when that isn’t what you really need.
“Checking with Angie’s List, the BBB, other reputable companies to weed that out, or friends who have hired roofing companies is the best answer,” Rose says.