What is a Roof Inspection?
Roof inspections are simply inspections that determine the integrity of a roof, how long it may last, and when it will need to be replaced.
Roof inspectors are not going to climb up on your roof or the roof of a home you are thinking of buying and pull up shingles or tiles. Therefore, you can expect a thorough review of a roof with an explanation of the findings therein.
Here at ARO Aerial, we inspect for storm damage mainly, but we will document the damage that we see to your home via ground and aerial inspection.
All photos will be provided to you upon completion of the inspection and documenting our findings.
Why Should I Get A Roof Inspection?
Many people get a roof inspection when they are looking to purchase or sell a home. When you are purchasing a home you want to know if the roof is in good condition or you are on the verge of a costly repair, before you buy it.
The same thing happens on the other end when you are looking to sell your home. You can add value by fixing any issues before you put it on the market. You dont have to, but its not a bad idea. An inspection will let you know if the roof is in need of repair, and you can decide what you want to do from there.
The primary reason is to ensure your roof is in good condition. Whether you’ve experienced severe weather or are planning to sell your home, a roof inspection is essential. All roofs eventually wear down over time, which is why a regular roof inspection is essential to ensuring the quality of your roof.
When a Storm happens in your area most insurance companies only give you 1 year from the time of the storm to report the damage. In severe storm situations the damage can easily be seen, but not in all cases. The best way to know if you have been affected is to have a thorough inspection completed.
How Does a Roof Inspection Work?
While an interior roof inspection includes checking the attic for proper insulation, ventilation, as well as moisture and mold, an exterior inspection includes climbing up on the roof and checking for leaks and proper flashing, as well as the condition of your shingles and chimney.
The 3 main types of damage outside of general wear and tear are wind, hail, and water. A roof inspection typically consists of checking for these 3 things and making recommendations on what to do next.
We perform a ground inspection which checks for damage to your siding, downspouts and other items around your home like an AC unit, shed, or other metal surfaces. Then we move on to an aerial inspection where we capture full roof images of your home. And then we often physically inspect the roof much like an insurance adjuster does.
All of this data is put together in a report and provided to you.
When Should I Get a Roof Inspection?
In an ideal world, roofs are expertly inspected annually, preferably in the autumn before the wind, rain and snow sets in. Otherwise, it’s recommended to have a new roof inspected after the first five years, then at 10 years, 13, 15, 17, and every year after that. Routine maintenance is key.
A 30 year roof typically only lasts about 25 years and that’s with great maintenance and upkeep.
How Much Does a Roof Inspection Cost?
On average, a roof inspection costs $210. Most homeowners pay between $119 and $304 for an inspection, although that range can go as high as $600. Your budget might change for specific types of investigations like drones or infrared.
- National Average: $210
- Typical Range: $119 – $304
- Low End – High End: $75 – $700
– Data from HomeAdvisor.com
Here at ARO Aerial, a Roof Inspection will cost you $200