By David Grandey, Sales and Marketing Manager
It is recommended to get a roof inspection at least once a year, especially before and after severe weather seasons. Regular inspections can help detect potential problems early and prevent costly repairs in the future. If you have an older roof, it is recommended to get an inspection more frequently.
What Does a Roof Inspection Cover?
The roofing professional performing the roof inspection will look for and document the following:
- Missing, damaged or lifted shingles, and will document the extent of the damage
- Leaks: signs of water damage and identifying the source(s) of the leak
- Debris and clogged gutters, which can cause clogging and water damage
- Structural damage: Examine the rafters, decking and ridge line to check for any signs of damage or weakness.
- Ventilation issues: Assess the roof’s ventilation system to ensure it is functioning properly. This can help prevent moisture damage and prolong the lifespan of your roof.
- Wear and tear: Look for cracks or worn shingles to determine if the roof needs to be repaired or replaced.
Overall, a roof inspection can help identify any potential problems with the roof and provide recommendations for repair or replacement.
How Much Is a Roof Inspection?
The cost of a roof inspection is typically a small investment compared to the cost of a full roof replacement.
Roof inspection costs vary depending on roof size, complexity and access, along with the location of the property. On average, they can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000+.
However, if you sign up for a low-cost preventative maintenance program, a complete annual roof inspection is included at zero cost.
Most commercial roofing companies offer maintenance programs that address most of the items above and ensure your building’s roof will weather future storms.
Preventative roof maintenance programs include making minor repairs to protect building owners from interior damages caused by water intrusion, help prevent costly repairs down the road and extend the life of the roof system.
The frequency is either quarterly, semiannual or annual depending on the size of the business and circumstances such as trees with a higher debris potential that require more frequent maintenance visits.
Does a New Roof Need to Be Inspected?
Yes, even a new roof should be inspected and an annual inspection is usually required to preserve the warranty.
David Grandey is the sales and marketing manager for Highland Roofing Company, where he maximizes the company’s sales efforts by leading Highland’s account management team. He also oversees all marketing and community relations efforts.
David is very active in the growth of the eastern North Carolina commercial real estate community through a variety of leadership roles with two chapters of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and IFMA and memberships in NAIOP, ULI, BOMA, CMAA, NCHEA and NCEDA.