While a complimentary roof inspection may sound a little too good to be true, this is a service that many professional contractors offer their new clients as a way to help identify necessary roof repairs and address worries that homeowners may have.
Common checks including examining shingles, flashing, gutters and any intake vents on your roof. More advanced inspections might also offer an examination of attic insulation, siding and attic vents. A competent inspector will look for a variety of warning signs, from wear and tear to signs of moisture damage and cracking.
What you don’t know can hurt you
The No. 1 reason for an inspection – especially if it is free – is to catch problems that you don’t know about. Your roof stays hidden away above your head — if something goes wrong, it can be very hard to notice unless you actually take a close look (and then only if you know what you are looking for). Loose shingles, warped or rusting flashing, and pooling water can lurk up in your roof without alerting you until it is too late. A roof inspection is a useful and safe way to spot these issues early on and get them fixed, saving you plenty of money with a little bit of preventative work.
For this reason, a fall inspection before the worst of the winter weather hits can be particularly useful. If your roof does have a problem, you do not want it exposed to the moisture, rainfall or snow of winter, which can cause further damage and expensive repairs. Remember, a simple repair may only cost a few hundred dollars, but moisture damage throughout the roof can take thousands of dollars to repair.
Renovations and estimates
Complimentary roof inspections are useful for another reason as well: If you are planning on a roof renovation, you need to know how expensive the project will be. This is a difficult guess, because every project and roof is different. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to use a roof inspection where the professional knows exactly what you have planned and can give you an accurate estimate.
Finally, you may want to consider an inspection if you are planning on selling your house in the future. You do not want any obvious problems or expensive issues remaining when potential home buyers stop by (or when the home inspection stage of the buying process comes around). An inspection can uncover any roof flaws that may prevent a successful sale.
Using roof inspections
The key for a good free roof inspection is quality. You do not want to pick a fraudulent contractor that will find plenty of “problems” you do not really have. Before choosing a service, look for signs that the professional you have hired is legitimate and skilled.
Look no further than Findlay Roofing. Contact Findlay if you are interested in getting a complimentary roof analysis for your home.