Do you know precisely whether you need a roof inspection or survey? Many people use the terms interchangeably, though they actually entail different services. Learn how inspections and surveys apply in respect to both residential and commercial roofing.
Home and business owners usually use the term roof inspection when they require a roofer to examine the roof for damage or general maintenance. Though they mention an inspection, they’re actually referring to a roof survey.
A survey is an initial examination where a roofer takes a look at the roof and documents the necessary repairs. 80% of the time, this is what the client actually needs.
In a survey, the roofer may also take samples to verify the condition of roof components, such as the:
- Roof slope
- Shingles and the membrane beneath
The final survey report includes a formal document complete with a list of repairs, materials, and an estimate. Avoid contractors that hastily fill out an informal survey on a blank piece of paper.
A contractor performs a roof inspection to examine the roof’s condition for insurance evaluations or a real estate property transfer. With an inspection, the roofer’s duty is to verify the material is in accordance with local code. An inspection is usually required for closing a property transaction or closing a lease agreement.
With an inspection, the technician examines for:
- Mold or mildew
- Lead paint
- Flammable materials
The contractor will also give an estimate of the roof’s approximate lifespan before a replacement or major repair is required. Inspections may also include the attic’s interior for structural oddities.
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