You’ve just had a storm and your roof is leaking. You want to get it fixed, but you don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’re trying to figure out if the damage is so bad that it requires professional intervention. A professional roof inspection can help you determine whether or not your roof needs repairs and how extensive those repairs might be. But what else does a professional roof inspection entail, and why should you consider hiring one?
Preventing further damage
A professional roof inspection can also help you prevent further damage, whether from storms or from everyday wear and tear. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to hail storms, the inspector will be able to identify any areas of your roof that are vulnerable to damage. If you have a small crack in your skylight or elsewhere on your home’s exterior, this might not seem like much of a problem at first glance—but when combined with large storm events or even heavy rainfalls, these cracks could cause water buildup and eventually lead to mold growth inside your home! The sooner they’re identified and repaired by a professional contractor such as ours here at Viking Exteriors, the better chance there is of avoiding serious structural issues down the road.
Assessing the extent of damage
You may be surprised to learn that a professional roof inspection is not just for checking on the structural integrity of your roof, but also for determining how well it will withstand storm damage. After all, you wouldn’t want to pay for repairs only to have a storm destroy them again.
A good professional inspector can look at your roof and determine if there are any weak spots or areas where water has pooled up. He or she can then provide recommendations on how to fix these problems as well as give you suggestions on how best to protect your home from future storms.
In order to assess the extent of damage caused by a storm, it helps if you have photos taken before and after the storm so that they can compare them side-by-side during their inspection process. This allows them not only see what kind of damage was done but also decide which repairs should be prioritized first based upon those findings alone because nothing says more about an issue than seeing it firsthand!
Consulting with experts
- You’re probably thinking, “How do I know if this roof inspector is qualified? What should I look for in a professional roof inspection company?”
- Well, there’s no need to worry about that. We’ve compiled a list of questions you should ask any potential roof inspector before hiring them:
- Are you certified? If not, why not?
- Do you have references from previous clients? How many and who are they?
- What training do you have in roofing repairs and inspections? Are your certifications current?
- Have you ever been sued by an angry homeowner because their home had insufficient structural integrity after being inspected by one of your employees (or other contractors)? If so, how much was your company paid out in damages and attorney fees as part of the settlement agreement reached with said homeowner(s)?
Documenting for insurance claims
Not sure how to document storm damage? Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways you can do it.
The first step is to get a professional roofing company out to assess the damage. You need an expert inspector who knows what they’re looking at and what they can do with their findings.
Once they see the problems, they’ll tell you exactly what needs to be done. They’ll give written estimates for repairs or replacements so that when you go back to your insurance company, there will be no confusion as to why this particular job needed doing in the first place
A professional roof inspection is necessary to assess storm damage and ensure your safety.
A full inspection of your home’s roof can help you understand the extent of storm damage, as well as identify issues that may need to be addressed in the future. During a professional roof inspection, an experienced inspector will carefully walk around your property and visually inspect for any signs of structural damage, such as cracks or missing shingles. He or she will also use tools such as binoculars and stethoscopes to listen for any sounds that might indicate hidden problems with your roof’s underlayment (the material on top of the felt) or insulation. The inspector will look at other areas around your property while he’s there too—checking gutters, downspouts and vents—especially if they were affected by wind during recent storms.
Storm damage to your roof can be devastating to your home and your family’s safety. It is important to hire a professional roof inspection if you suspect any storm damage has occurred in your area. This will allow them to assess the extent of damage and provide recommendations on how best to repair it before it gets worse.
Contact Viking Exteriors today to get your FREE professional roof inspection.