Roof Inspections in Houston
A description of roof inspection services for the Houston area, with links to posts to help you inspect and understand your roof.
Most roofing inspections are performed by roofing contractors; however this may not be the best idea for the homeowner. Their interest is to sell you a new roof. A home inspector can only provide you with his service, which is to inspect the condition of the roof. By Texas law, we cannot work on a roof which we have inspected (or any other part of your home that we have inspected) for one year. An inspector’s interest is to give you the best options and the information you need to make a wise decision. These options may save you a good deal of money. A roofing contractor’s goal is to sell you on his product and service.
On one of my inspection jobs, the homeowner was surprised when I told him that I needed to go into the attic for a roof inspection, because no one else who had come to examine his roof had done this. He had insurance adjusters and roofers come out before me. It is easy to walk on a roof to look at a shingle that is missing to say that needs to be fixed, but you also need to look at what supports that shingle, which is the sheathing. Sheathing can only be seen from the attic. You could go the route of having a thermographic inspection to give you more detailed views of the problem; however, this useful procedure can be expensive, and a standard inspection will point to many of the same clues.
The Houston area presents its own unique problems with hurricanes and other windstorms affecting us. The first step in waterproofing a home is having a well installed roof. Any new building or new roof can suffer from problems of moisture penetration when the job is not done right. If older roofs are not maintained (like cleaning a roof), their life expectancy can decrease. You should realize that not all moisture coming into the building is from the roof; it could be from a wall or the air conditioning system. Below are some posts on this site to help you inspect your roof or help you with making some decisions about your roof. If you get stuck, then maybe you should consider using my services. Go to the Request for Service page listed in the sidebar to find out how much a roof inspection will cost and to contact me.
Making your home green does not always mean replacing with green materials, but finding ways to make what you have last longer. This can be a challenge on a roof, but it is possible.
The roof and its framing can show many issues with a home. Some start when a new roof is installed. During a home inspection, I see a common framing mistake, but some solutions can be done by the homeowner, with a little knowledge.
Some thoughts for those homeowners considering a new roof. A basic overview.
To help you look at the factors which may cause you to need to replace your roof from a home inspector’s perspective.
Proper gutter maintenance is the best way to take care of your roof, walls, and foundation in one simple step. Here is what one inspector found.
How does a home inspector evaluate a roof? Some steps that you can take on your own