You can tell if a Roofing Company isn’t going to give high-quality work if they simply walk around your house without even looking at the roof. However, knowing that they would complete the job correctly requires more than just hoping up on the roof.
- Ensure that your roof’s flashing is in good working order.
Another crucial component that a contractor should consider when providing an estimate is the flashing. They won’t be able to identify if it has to be replaced or what kind of flashing it is unless they climb up on the roof. If the contractor fails to inspect the flashing, there is no way for them to fairly estimate the cost or the duration of the project. As a result, change orders will almost certainly be required, which may be a big source of frustration for homeowners.
- Examine the Gutters on Your Roof
When performing a roof inspection, the first thing we do is evaluate the gutters. It’s a good clue that your contractor knows what they’re doing if they have a full report on your roof’s gutter problem. The manner the gutters are attached should always be checked by a contractor. Because the drip edge is tied to the gutters through the drip edge, it cannot be replaced. Furthermore, if a gutter guard is present, it may need to be removed if a new drip edge is required, which will increase the time and labor costs.
- Examine any skylights to see whether they need to be replaced.
Most skylights will need to be replaced during a re-roofing project. Individual skylights have a lifespan of 18-22 years, so if the contractor’s proposal contradicts this rule of thumb, make sure you ask them about it. While your skylight may be functioning properly right now, if it is towards the end of its useful life, it may be more convenient and cost-effective to replace it together with the rest of your roof. Removing and replacing a skylight is an inconvenient operation for your roof, and it’s better to undertake while you’re repairing or replacing a damaged roof. It could vary depending on the homeowner.
Many roofing businesses provide inspections for free or at a modest fee. An experienced professional, unlike the average homeowner, will be able to recognize problems that a homeowner may not even notice. A competent roofer will evaluate your roof not just from the outside, but also from the inside. Your attic might reveal items that aren’t visible from the outside, such as holes, black mould, and missing or damaged installation, all of which can impair how effectively your roof performs. When it comes to examining your roof, there may appear to be a lot to consider, but it will be worthwhile in the long run. Schedule a roof inspection the same way you would any other major repair project (like changing the oil in your car). It will save you time and money in the long run.