You finally locked in that listing, have gone under contract, and the buyers inspector recommends “A licensed roofer should inspect and provide a five year certification” and now you are under the gun to get a roof certificate. The buyer is spooked because the most expensive component of the home is now suspect and you know there is a chance of the buyer backing out or using the inspection to negotiate the deal. Best case scenario everybody signs , the roof certificate satisfies both parties and the closing happens a few days late.
And of course there is the worst case scenario; the home is back on the market and the roof issue is still an issue.
Find out how we ELIMINATE the roof certificate scenario for our listing agents, facilitate a smooth closing and put the roof issue to bed once and for all.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, a homeowner should have their roof inspected both in the spring and fall. However, as we mentioned, there are other scenarios like selling a property where a roof inspection can be necessary. Here is a general overview of how our Denver roof inspection process will work.
Full Roof Inspection of the Roof’s Interior:
Checking the roof’s interior will involve having the contractor enter the attic and look around. They will essentially be going through a checklist of all the major problem areas:
Proper Insulation – Roofers usually measure the insulation properties in your attic with an assessment of its R-value.
Ventilation – Without proper ventilation in your attic, it can be easier for heat and moisture to stay trapped, eventually causing damage.
Moisture and Mold – Moisture will ruin even the hardiest of buildings if it gets in the wrong places. And eventually, over time, it will speed up the growth of mold, which can be a serious health hazard.
Full Roof Inspection of Roof’s Exterior:
Your contractor will be on top of your roof thoroughly inspecting all of the following:
Leaks – One of the biggest jobs of a roof is keeping water away from where it can leak into your home’s foundation.
Ice dams – Ice dams form when a heated building melts ice at the top of a roof, where it drips down and freezes over the gutters and eaves. This prevents water from draining, making the ice dam even bigger.
Flashing – Your roof’s flashing includes its dormers, valleys, side walls, eaves, and rakes. All these parts play a role in your roof’s health either as structural components or to move water away from the building.
Materials – All roofing materials will be inspected, especially ones that tend not to last as long like asphalt shingles.
A roof inspection doesn’t end until your home is healthy. If the contractor finds any problems, they will give you your game plan options to move forward.
Every inspection should come with a written report that details estimates on recommended solutions.