Roof Inspection Checklist

A roof inspection checklist is key if you are buying a home or are interested in finding out the condition of your roof. Follow this checklist to maintain and keep your residential roof repair bills to a minimum.

“When checking the weatherproofing remember that different types of roofing systems use unique membranes – make sure that your contractor has a roof inspection checklist that is tailored to fit your type of roof.”

Basic Roof Inspection Checklist

Start With A Visual Check
First and foremost, do a visual check for water ponding, deterioration of the protective coating on your roof and general staining.


Check The Weatherproofing Layer
Check the condition of the weatherproofing layer, which is also called the membrane. Roofing should generally include more than one layer of material between the frame and the asphalt shingle roof. The idea is that having multiple layers offers a better guarantee of protection from leaking and water damage. Different types of roofing systems can have different types of membranes, so make sure that your contractor has a roof inspection checklist that is tailored to fit your type of roof.

Check The State Of The Seals
Check to see if there is any deterioration of the sealants. Any cracks or splits must be properly resealed to protect the roof for winter weather. This especially true at all of the edges.

Check For Damage To Counterflashing
Counterflashing helps to keep water away from chimneys or pipes. Check to see if there is any damage to existing counterflashing. If your roof uses shingles, you may want to hire someone to handle this project because it is easy to damage the shingles around the flashing.

Check The Drains And Gutters
Your inspector should check the drains and gutters as well, to make sure that your roof has a place for the water to go. With flat roofs or low sloped roofs, the inspector should make sure that the roof grade is steep enough to allow water to flow off of the roof. The roof inspection checklist should also include a look for ponding water that persists for a few days after it rains.

Check The Condition On The Walls
The roof inspector should also look at the conditions of the rooftop walls, and the tie ins to the walls. Many problems with your roof are actually problems where the roof meets the walls and causes problems. Making sure that your wall tie ins are properly secured, so you will not have any leaks.

Clean Any Debris From The Roof
The roof inspection checklist should also include basic maintenance, including cleaning debris of the roof and out of the gutters and drains. Basic maintenance is just as important as checking for problems.

Roof Inspection Checklist Frequency

You should have a professional go through the roof inspection checklist at least one time a year, to make sure that your roofs are optimally maintained. Roofs can easily become damaged in many ways, but regular maintenance and roof inspections can prevent many of these problems from happening in the first place.

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