Your home's roof is the first line of defense in extreme weather. Waiting until the first sign of damage appears in the ceiling or roof could mean facing much larger problems. Early detection of roof leaks or other damage is the answer to avoiding more serious roof damage in the future. Having your roof periodically inspected can avoid costly repairs.
According to Angie's List, their researchers found that roof inspection costs range from free to $200. If you just want to check the condition of your roof, you'll probably have to pay for a general maintenance inspection. Sometimes an inspection may include some minor repairs. Also some inspectors charge more to include an interior, attic-view roof check.
Scheduling a "peace of mind" roof inspection every one or two years can catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger. Oftentimes it is helpful to get a professional estimate of how much useful life your roof might have left. Even if there are repairs required, it could save you the cost of replacing your roof by extending the life of your old one.
Here are some things an inspector will examine:
Also, treatment for moss and lichen needs to be initiated in the fall so that it can be completed by the next spring. The treatment can be working during the winter months and the dead lichen can be swept or rinsed off in the spring.
If you feel that your roof has been compromised or for seasonal inspections, especially if your roof is over ten years old, call your insurance company. They may cover the cost of repairs and your agent will arrange for a qualified roof inspector to examine the roof and make a determination.
A roof inspection gets broken into four facets: structure, materials, interiors, and workmanship.
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According to AngiesList.com,a roof inspection can cost up to $300. Some inspectors charge more for interior, attic-view roof checks. Believe it or not, experts say that scheduling a roof inspection every one or two years can catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger.
A normal roof inspection should look at the following:
Most roofing companies offer a free quote or consultation. One company stated that their inspection would take "15 - 20 minutes." Joye Roofing offers a complete on-site inspection.
Bob Villa recommends a roof inspection after a hailstorm or other significant weather incident the determine if your roof has suffered damage. However, he says that the most vital time of the year for roof inspection is the fall, before cold weather sets in. Treatment for moss and lichen can involve a significant amount of time, up to 180 days. Treatment started in the fall can be working during the winter months.
Finding the right roofing inspector is important, also. For the do-it-yourselfers, remember, climbing a ladder and getting on the roof can be dangerous. And, there may be signs of damage that only experts can recognize.
Hiring a reputable and trusted contractor such as Joye Roofing protects the homeowner from storm chasers who travel around the country looking to take advantage of homeowners needing immediate repair. A post office box address is a red flag in terms of hiring an established, reputable roofing contractor. Check references and make sure the company you hire is licensed and insured.
Schedule your free roof inspection with Joye Roofing by calling, 803 470 5569.
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Think your Roof might have Hail Damage? Here's what to do.
When a storm carrying hail comes through Columbia it causes damage to cars, trees, and roofs. Roof damage caused by hail can cause immediate leaks, but more commonly it will cause functional damage that will lead to leaks over time if not repaired.
So what should you do after a hail storm?
No matter who you choose for your roof inspection and/or roof repair, you will want to vet your vendor. Choose a roofing company that is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, and with a reputable roofing manufacturer. (Joye Roofing holds an A+ with the BBB, and we are a Preferred Contractor through Owens Corning as well as CertainTeed.)
So stay safe during a storm, and make sure you inspect and take notes promptly afterward. And, if you found this list helpful please click the "Like" button below, or share this article on your social media pages to help your friends handle their after-storm inspection!
To contact us please call (803) 470-5569 or schedule a roof inspection today.
Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.