Roof Inspections: a necessity or an unnecessary cost?

Preventive maintenance on your home’s roof is a necessity; without inspecting your roof for leaks and wear, however, it can end up being too late for simple repairs. Homeowners can potentially save a lot of money by hiring a professional to perform a roof inspection annually. Fixing maintenance issues as they arise will often prevent the problem from progressing into a costly roof replacement.


Having a professional assessment of your roof’s quality is important. A pro can pinpoint problems accurately, in many cases helping homeowners avoid unnecessary repairs and focus on the real issues. A professional roofer has a trained eye and knows just what to look for. They know which products are durable and what work is quality.


Waiting until you have rainwater dripping into a bucket on the living room floor will be much more expensive than a yearly inspection! By the time leaks have sprung inside the house, calling an issue to your attention, the damage on the damage could already be extensive. A damaged roof even has the potential to cause damage to the house’s framing.

In addition to the annual inspection, homeowners should have their roofs assessed for issues after destructive storms in which roofs can incur damage.


There are other benefits to having a roofing expert examine your roof. Professionals are insured and they know how to move and work safely on a roof. Homeowners can avoid the potential risk of injury by allowing the pros to do the job. Homes with steep rooflines can be especially dangerous.

If the inspection finds there is no roof damage, homeowners can enjoy peace of mind knowing that no damage is present or progressing, soon to cause costly repairs. The inspector can also tell you about potential problems that may arise without preventive maintenance,  such as piles of dead leaves and moss that need to be removed. You can hire a professional for tasks like these as well.


Examine your home’s interior to determine if your roof is in need of inspection for possibly needed repairs. Some signs your roof may have an issue can include dark spots on the ceiling interior, peeling paint near roof overhangs, and water stains on the pipes. Examine your roof for uneven surfaces in the decking, curling, buckling or missing shingles. Take note of the presence of black algae and moss, which feeds on the algae and causes damage. Colored grit found in the gutters can indicate that the roof’s exposure to dangerous UV rays may soon be its demise.

The advice of the pro is quite invaluable when it comes to making decisions about how to properly repair your damaged roof. A professional can also provide you with an estimate of how much work needs to be done, and inform homeowners if what methods and materials that will be needed.

RI Remodeling is a local provider which provides quality roof inspections as well as roofing products and services.