Being informed about the condition of your roof is important to help ensure that you are able to address any problems with the roof before they are able to develop into major issues. In particular, individuals may not be informed about the types of issues that may be assessed during the roof inspection.
The Condition Of The Flashing For The Roof
The roof's flashing is an important part of protecting the roof against moisture intruding through small gaps between the components of the roof. In particular, flashing can be instrumental along the perimeter where the roof meets the rest of the house as well as around chimneys, skylights, and other potential openings in the roof. If the flashing is starting to corrode, warp, or otherwise degrade, it will likely need to be replaced in order to continue to protect the roof.
Signs Of Structural Damage To The Roof Supports
Your home's roof will be extremely heavy, and not surprisingly, it will need a number of structural supports to be able to support its immense weight. If these supports have started to rot, degrade or warp, the roof can be at a much greater risk of suffering a catastrophic failure that may result in it collapsing. Often, these damages can be extremely difficult to notice unless they are very severe. To give you the best chance of discovering issues with these parts of the roof, a professional inspector will be able to closely evaluate them to determine whether they are needing major repairs, replacement, or other work. This can be one of the more important factors to assess during the roof inspection as it can directly impact the safety of those in the home through its structural integrity.
The Overall Condition Of The Shingles Or Tiles On The Roof
The singles and tiles that cover the roof will be some of the components that will suffer the most extensive wear as a result of exposure to the elements. Additionally, these components will occasionally need to be replaced in order to keep the home safely protected. When these components are approaching the end of their lifespan, they will start to exhibit some warning signs that a roof inspector will be able to recognize. For example, asphalt shingles may have the granules in them starting to wash away and loosen. Conversely, tile roofing may start to develop cracks and other weak spots in it that could contribute to problems in the future.