How often has this happened to you: you finally locked in that listing, have gone under contract, and then the buyer’s inspector recommends that “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 renegotiate the terms of the deal. Best case scenario: everybody signs, the roof certificate satisfies both parties, and the closing happens just a few days late.
And of course there is the worst case scenario: you can’t secure a roofing certificate in time before the buyer is scared away, and you’re right back to square one with the house back on the market.
The thing is, there doesn’t have to be a scenario at all, so long as you know the right roofer to work with! At Just Roofs And Gutters, we specialize in working with listing agents and insurance companies to facilitate quick roofing certifications and smooth closings to put the roof issue to bed for real estate agents once and for all. Our founders have backgrounds in real estate, and are passionate and dedicated to making the property sale process as easy as possible by taking care of your pre-listing roofing inspections!
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, a homeowner should have their roof inspected in both the spring and fall. However, as we mentioned, there are other times when a roof inspection is necessary, such as when you’re trying to sell a property. Here is a general overview of how our Denver roof inspection process works:
Full Roof Inspection of the Roof’s Interior:
Checking the roof’s interior will involve having our roofing contractor enter the attic and look around. They will essentially be going through a checklist of all the major areas where potential issues can be spotted:
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.
Roof Repair Game Plan
A roof inspection doesn’t end until your home is healthy. If the roofing contractor finds any problems, they will give you a rundown of necessary roof repairs to move forward.
Every inspection comes with a written report that details the roof’s condition and includes estimates for any recommended roof repairs.