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What is a roof inspection?

A thorough examination to determine the health and integrity of a roof. A professional inspector will look at surfacing material and inspect dormers, chimneys, gutters, flashing points and recommend any necessary repairs.

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What is involved in a roof inspection?

A roofing inspector will climb up to the roof and locate the various dormers, chimneys, gutters, and any flashing points to see if they require remedial work. He will examine the condition of the roofing surface material. He will also inspect inside the house looking carefully at the eaves, interior chimney surfaces, fasteners, roof braces, and support material.

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How long does a roof inspection take?

It varies depending on the size, materials and complexity of the roof. A general roof inspection will take from 45 minutes to several hours.It varies depending on the size, materials and complexity of the roof. A general roof inspection will take from 45 minutes to several hours.

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How should I choose a roof inspector?

Choose a licensed professional with a roofing certification. Roof certifications are separate from home inspection certifications. Home inspectors for the most part, do not perform thorough roof inspections. Instead, roofing inspectors climb up to the roof and issue reports on:

  • Possible movement
  • Condition of roofing materials
  • Ridges, caps and drip edges
  • Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters
  • Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mounting of HVAC units

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When is a roof inspection needed?

Many roofers recommend two roof inspections each year. An inspection in the fall helps ensure that minor problems don't become major problems under the pressure of rain, ice and snow, while a spring inspection helps evaluate any damage done during the winter that may prove costly following heavy spring rains.

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How much does a roof inspection cost?

Prices range from $150 to $500 depending on the type of roof and size of the home.

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Who pays for the roof inspection?

The buyer usually pays for the inspection.

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