4 Reasons Inspecting the Roof Is a Critical Component of a Thorough Inspection

Inspecting the Roof

Inspecting the roof of a building is important since the roof plays a vital role in protecting the entire structure. A functioning roof provides weather protection, insulation, moisture control, and pest prevention. Since the roof plays an essential role in safeguarding a house and those in it, we pay close attention to the roofs of the buildings we inspect. Here are 4 reasons why inspecting the roof is a critical component of our inspections:

Inspecting the Roof for Weather Protection

In our region, roofs must withstand the weight of snow and ice. A well-constructed roof has adequate structural support to handle New England winters. Additionally, roofs may have insulation and ventilation systems to minimize the risk of ice dams forming and causing water infiltration. Furthermore, roofs defend against various other weather-related elements such as rain, high winds, hail, sleet, the sun’s UV rays, and even airborne pollutants. A solid roof can withstand impact and resist damage caused by these factors, preserving the structural integrity of the building.

inspecting the roof is importantInsulation & Energy Efficiency

Roofs play an essential role in insulation and energy efficiency by preventing heat transfer between the interior and exterior of a building. Proper roofs are installed with insulation, such as fiberglass, cellulose, spray foam, or rigid foam boards, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. Moreover, a well-sealed roof prevents air leakage leading to energy loss.

Moisture Control

Roofs are crucial in moisture control. They prevent water infiltration into the building and facilitate proper drainage. Shingles are installed in overlapping layers to create a continuous, watertight surface. Additionally, Flashing is an essential component of roof systems that helps to prevent water penetration at roof intersections like chimneys, skylights, or wall connections. Without proper moisture control, mold can build up, which is hugely detrimental to houses and the people living in them.

Inspecting the Roof for Pest Prevention

Properly sealed roofs prevent pests such as ants, mice, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, and wasps from accessing the building. Cracks or openings in the roof structure serve as entry points for them. Ensuring these areas are sealed with the right materials helps to keep pests out.

A thorough inspection helps identify vital signs of roof damage. Such damage includes uneven roof surface, moss growth, missing or broken shingles, compromised flashing, and excessive wear and tear. Detecting these problems early on prevents further damage to the roof and the overall integrity of the property. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.

Share Blog Post