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Why You Need a Roof Inspection

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Are you wondering why you need a roof inspection? Even if your home doesn’t have telltale signs of a roof problem, such as leaks or missing shingles, a roof inspection is still critical when it comes to defending your home against the elements. 

Roof Inspections Uncover Hidden Problems

A thorough inspection of your roof will unveil underlying problems you didn’t know about. Chimneys, shingles, and the flashing will be thoroughly inspected to ensure your roof system is healthy and functioning properly.

Small roof and structural problems can quickly escalate into major damage when they aren’t caught early. This is why it’s vital to have your roof thoroughly inspected at least once per year.

Repair Minor Problems Before You Need a Full Roof Replacement

Once your roof inspector detects a problem area, you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision on the next course of action. Whether it’s a minor repair or a full roof replacement, a thorough roof inspection should be part of your home’s preventative maintenance.

Who wants to be shocked by the news that the roof needs an urgent replacement? A roof inspection helps you plan and budget for repairs before they become emergencies. If your insurance won’t cover roof damage, there are home improvement loans available that make repairing or replacing your roof affordable, without touching the equity of your home.

Contact Heritage Construction for a Free Roof Inspection

Repairing or replacing your roof will give it a major cosmetic facelift and will immediately increase your home’s value. Whether you plan on listing your home for sale or are buying a home “as is”, a thorough 25-point roof inspection provides the insight you need. With this information, you can either repair, replace, or pass on a home that has significant roof problems.

Be sure to have your roof inspected after hail, heavy winds, and severe rainstorms. Since Heritage Construction offers free, 25-point roof inspections, there’s simply no reason to ignore what you can’t see. Book your free roof inspection today.

 

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Roof Parts and What They Are

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Do you understand all of your roof parts?

Roofing systems have several components and each serves a different purpose in protecting your home. You don’t need to know all the details, especially if you’re working with a roofing contractor. But, if you’re the curious type, this list of basic roof elements will help you understand exactly how your roofing system functions, and why.

Take a peek at your roof’s anatomy so you can talk shop the next time an inspector knocks.

This is what a roof is made of:

It’s not just the shingles. Each roof part listed below works together to comprise a healthy roofing system.

The Roof Deck

This is where it all starts. The roof deck is the foundation of your roofing system. This layer is usually made from plywood and is securely installed so that all the other roof layers can rest safely upon it.

Underlayment

The roofing underlayment is installed to protect the roof decking from inclement weather. If the underlayment has signs of damage it needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

Ventilation

Exhaust and intake vents allow air to enter and exit the attic and ventilation spaces.

Flashing

Installed around dormers, chimneys, skylights, etc., roof flashing directs water off the roof and into gutters. One of the most common causes of roof leakage is damaged or missing roof flashing.

Water and ice shields

Waterproofing underlayment installed to prevent damage from high winds and ice damming.

Drip Edge

Moves water from the eaves and off the building.

Chimney and cap

A chimney is an exhaust vent usually located around the kitchen or main living area. Chimney caps are installed on top to prevent water and snow from going down the chimney.

Eaves

Projecting beyond the face of a wall, eaves are the lower edge of a roof and they provide function and architectural detail. (Think of a Craftsman bungalow.)

Shingles

Shingles are the cherry on top. There are many different shingle types such as clay, metal, and asphalt.  Shingles protect the entire roofing system no matter their material.

Heritage Construction Inspects All Roof Parts

Whether you see water stains on your ceiling (never a good sign) or missing shingles, our free roof inspection will ensure yours is in good shape. There are many elements that create a healthy roof. So, call the pros today!

 

 

 

 

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