The first thing you want to do when a highly damaging weather event, such as a storm, passes by your area is to enlist the help of a roofing contractor. To book a storm damage roof repair and assessment, your roofer will likely come over when it’s safe, inspect your roof for damage, and get back to you for what they think happened to your roof and how much it’s going to cost you to repair these issues.
However, as not all roofing specialists are equal, not everybody will come up with the same conclusion. This means that the accuracy of a roofer’s conclusion is based on how experienced they are with their job—a pro will identify more kinds of potential and actual damage, while an amateur won’t be able to recognize these signs. Therefore, it makes sense to find out whether the inspection is done by a pro or not, and here’s what an actual professional would do during a roof inspection.
What Do Pros Look For?
Anyone, even you, can find proof of damage. What sets professional roofing and residential siding contractors apart is that they also look for damage that’s not readily visible—potential damage, damage in the future, or signs of other things that indicate damage elsewhere.
Professional inspections happen in a three-stage process: structural, material and workmanship inspection. Structural inspection considers how the materials are joined together and if they’re still stable; material considers the condition of each component, and workmanship accounts for the quality of the installation and if the roof has been placed over your home using the industry’s best practices.
If anything suspicious is found in any of these stages, the contractor will get back to you, alongside their recommendations to ameliorate the situation.
Schedule Regular Inspections
One of the easiest ways to make your contractor’s life easier (and yours, by extension) is to avoid waiting for a storm to schedule a roof inspection. The more regularly you have someone, for example, go up your roof and look for troublesome things, the sooner we can head off trouble down the road. Schedule such an inspection during spring and fall, to prepare for the rigors of the coming seasons.
Great Lakes Roofing and Siding is one of the area’s top home improvement partners. We are experts in residential roof replacement and repair, as well as commercial roof coating. Experience the difference we can make by calling us at (224) 222-0470. You can also fill out our form to request a free quote.