Sometimes people don’t know whether to ask for a roof inspection or survey because they use the terms interchangeably. Do they have the same meaning? At their core, no. We’ll explain how an inspection differs from a survey and how they apply to both residential and commercial roofing.
Clients often use the term roof inspection when they need a professional to examine the roof for damage or routine maintenance. When customers say they need an inspection, what they actually need is a roof survey.
A roof survey is a pre-project examination where a contractor looks over the roof and takes notes of the required repairs. Four out of five times, this is what a client actually needs.
During a survey, the contractor may also collect roof samples to determine the condition of certain roof components, such as the:
- Base flashing
- Roof slope
- Drains, gutters, and spouts
- Roof membrane and insulation
The final survey report includes a professionally completed document. Be wary of contractors that hastily fill out a makeshift survey on a blank sheet of paper.
A contractor carries out a roof inspection to examine the state of the roof for insurance evaluations or a real estate transaction. Under an inspection, the technician’s job is to ensure the roofing material is up to code. This is often a requirement as part of a lease signing agreement or closing a property sale.
During an inspection, the contractor will look for:
- Mold or mildew
- Lead-based paint
- Fire hazards
The contractor will also determine the remaining useful life of the roof. Inspections may also include the attic’s interior for structural issues.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Quality roof replacement & repair in Edmonds, Seattle, Lynnwood,
Mill Creek, Mercer Island, Mukilteo & South Everett