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A Professional Roof Inspection: What To Expect

Even the strongest and most durable roof can have some weaknesses. Inspecting your roof at least once a year can help you to prevent structural damage to your Los Angeles, CA home — especially after a heavy wind or rain event. Your roof may have incurred more damage than an untrained eye can see.

Top Roofing Inc. can give you an accurate assessment of the condition of your roof.

Here’s what to expect from your inspection:

1. Full interior roof inspection. (Entering the attic or crawl space.)

  • Proper insulation (including assessing R-value.)
  • Ventilation.
  • Moisture and mold.

2. Full exterior inspection. (Going up on the roof to check wear and tear and advising the homeowner on the state of the roof.)

  • Leaks.
  • Sun damage.
  • Condition of roof shingles.
  • Proper flashing (dormers, valleys, sidewalls, eaves, and rakes).
  • Chimney work.

What we look for:

  • Improper Flashing | A home should have at least 3 feet of leak barrier. This should be an underlayment specifically designed to repel ice and water (not tar or felt paper, which can cause leaks).
  • Leaks | Typically if you see any leaks or signs of water damage on the ceiling, you most likely have a leak in your roof. It’s also possible that water could not be draining properly due to clogged gutters. With strong winds, you may have seen some of your shingles blow away. This leaves spaces for water to seep into your home and cause damage.
  • Rot & Mold | Are there water damage marks or dark spots with trails? Rot and mold can occur when you have constant water exposure to wood rafters.
  • Structural | If your roof deck is sagging or if you can see natural light showing through the roof, a professional roofing contractor should be called in immediately.
  • Shingle Deterioration | This can include shingles that are loose, missing, curling, buckling, rotting or have algae growth.
  • Gutters | If your gutters sound like maracas when you shake them, you may have an excessive amount of loose shingle granules. This is a common sign of advanced wear on your shingles.

3. Inspection Report. A detailed list of damage, age approximation of roof, images/video, and a written assessment of the condition of the roof.

  • Written detailed estimate with recommended solutions.

What should you do? If you notice these problems, it’s time to call a licensed and bonded roofing professional — like Top Roofing Inc.

Scheduling an annual roof inspection allows you to discover potential problems now, so you can prevent major damage down the road. For a comprehensive roof inspection in Los Angeles, CA contact Top Roofing Inc.

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