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What Really Happens During a Roof Inspection?

Roofs are a critical component of any home or business and it's important to keep them in good condition with regular inspections. Whether you need a new roof, have recently experienced storm damage, or it is just time for your annual inspection, learning what happens during the process can help you prepare and know what to expect. While roof inspections can vary depending on the roof's condition and the homeowner's needs, there are some standard steps that most roof inspectors take during an inspection.

Pre-Inspection Before the inspection, the inspector will review photos, drawings, and other documents related to the roof. This can include building plans, warranty information, or any past repair records. They will also usually take pictures or measurements to compare with those taken later during the inspection.

Visual Inspection The professional inspector will start by looking at the roof from the ground to check for any visible signs of damage, such as missing or loose shingles. Sometimes, an inspector may use binoculars to inspect the roof from the ground closely. With binoculars, they may spot damage or signs of wear and tear that are not visible from the street, such as small holes. They will then get on the roof and inspect it closer if necessary. During this inspection, they will also look for signs of mold, algae, rot, or other damage that could reduce the roof's integrity. It's important to note that even if a roof appears to be in perfect condition from a visual inspection, there could still be underlying issues that require a more thorough inspection.

Checking the Flashing The flashing is the metal pieces used to seal joints or gaps in the roof. During an inspection, the inspector will check for any cracking, rusting, or other signs of damage. The flashing can also be an entry point for leaks, so the inspector will check to ensure it is adequately sealed. To ensure the flashing is in good condition, the roof inspector may use a pair of pliers to tighten any loose screws and nails.

Checking Gutters and Downspouts Inspectors will also check gutters and downspouts for any signs of damage or clogging. They will look for missing pieces or sections that are not draining correctly, as these can lead to water accumulation and damage to the roofing materials. Inspectors may also use a camera to take pictures of any potential problems for further inspection.

Checking for Proper Ventilation The roof's ventilation system should be checked to ensure it operates properly. This will help reduce the risk of mold or mildew growing under the roof and damaging it. For an in-depth inspection, the roof inspector will look for any signs of blocked or damaged vents and may use a camera to take pictures of the interior. They will also check the attic insulation for any signs of water damage or mold. If the vents and chimney show signs of wear or blockage, the inspector will repair them or recommend a replacement.

Checking the Decking and Sheathing The decking and sheathing of a roof are the layers that make up the structure. Inspectors will check for any signs of water damage, rot, or other problems to ensure these materials are in good condition. Some of these materials can be difficult to reach, so the inspector may use a specially designed tool called an endoscope to get into tight spots and inspect for roof damage.

Reporting Findings At the end of the inspection, the inspector will provide a detailed report to the homeowner with their findings and suggest any necessary repairs or maintenance that should be done. The report will also include recommendations for future inspections that may need to be done to keep the roof in good condition. If the report shows that the roof is in good condition, no further work may be required until the next inspection. However, if the inspector finds any severe problems with the roof, they will recommend an immediate roof repair or replacement before further damage occurs.


Investing in a professional roof inspection is one of the best ways to ensure your roof remains strong and stable for years. To ensure you get the most out of your inspection, ask your roofer plenty of questions and keep track of any needed repairs or maintenance. Riverfront Roofing has highly trained professionals who can provide thorough inspection and repair services, so you can trust that your roof will be in good hands. Contact Riverfront Roofing and get your roof inspected today!


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