Your roof is your first line of protection against the elements, including harsh weather, high winds and sun. And with inclement weather, thunderstorms, hurricanes, hail and more coming up soon, it's worthwhile to consider the benefits of a professional inspection of your roof.
Eye for Detail
An inspection completed by a professional with the knowledge of all the ins and outs of a roof provides the level of detail that would never been possible with anyone other than a highly qualified inspector and roof expert. And when it comes to a roof, that level of detail is absolutely necessary, because, for example, difficult-to-see issues like membrane seams becoming loose can hard to locate and assess by anyone other than an inspector. A roofing professional can also tell if water problems are coming from a roofing issue or something else, such as condensation from HVAC units. Other issues checked by a professional include problems with mold growth, drainage and gutters.
Under the Roof
A professional inspector looks not just at the exterior of the roof but also "under the hood;" that is, under the surface of the roof, something a layperson could never do. That level of inspection can detect even minor problems before they become larger and more expensive issues and checks for all issues, even those with, with structure, insulation and ventilation, just to name a few. A professional is also likely to have the latest infrared equipment which can detect moisture under the membrane that may be due to saturated insulation, for example.
After completing an inspection, a professional inspector should provide complete and thorough documentation of the findings. That includes photos as well as recommendations on any repairs that are needed, and when they are recommended. Documentation provides a necessary paper trail to keep track of during the lifespan of your roof. That paperwork is also essential when dealing with insurance issues.
Being proactive with your roof can help to keep your building in tip-top shape both now and into the future. So arranging for a professional inspection is a wise investment in your building's integrity.