roof checklist


A roof inspection is an important maintenance task that helps ensure the longevity and safety of a building.  Regular roof inspections can help catch problems early and prevent more extensive and costly repairs down the line.

Here’s a comprehensive roof inspection checklist to guide you through the process:

  • Safety Precautions:
    • Use proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, non-slip footwear, and safety harnesses if needed.
    • Ensure the roof surface is dry and stable to walk on.
    • Be cautious of electrical wires and other hazards.
  • Overall Roof Condition:
    • Look for signs of sagging, unevenness, or dips in the roof surface.
    • Check for visible damage, such as missing shingles, cracks, or holes.
  • Exterior Inspection:
    • Check for any visible signs of damage, such as missing, curled, cracked, or broken shingles or tiles.
    • Examine the roof flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other protrusions for signs of deterioration or gaps.
    • Inspect the gutters and downspouts for debris, clogs, and proper water flow.
  • Shingles:
    • Inspect for loose, cracked, or curled shingles.
    • Look for missing shingles or areas with exposed underlayment.
    • Check for granule loss, which can indicate shingle deterioration.

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  • Flashing and Seals:
    • Inspect the condition of flashing around roof penetrations and seams.
    • Ensure that all seals are intact and properly adhered.
  • Gutters and Drainage:
    • Clean out gutters and downspouts to prevent water accumulation.
    • Ensure proper slope for water drainage, and check for any sagging or misalignment.
  • Roof Structure:
    • Check for any sagging, unevenness, or dips in the roof structure.
    • Look for signs of rot or damage in wooden components.
  • Moss, Algae, and Debris:
    • Remove any moss, algae, or debris, as they can trap moisture and damage the roof material.
  • Soffits and Fascia:
    • Examine soffits and fascia for signs of damage, rot, or deterioration.
  • Chimneys and Vents:
    • Inspect chimney bricks or stones for cracks or loose mortar.
    • Ensure vents are properly sealed and in good condition.
  • Skylights and Roof Windows:
    • Check for cracks, leaks, or any signs of damage around skylights or roof windows.
  • Flue Pipes and Ventilation:
    • Inspect flue pipes and ventilation openings for proper seals and secure attachment.
  • Roof Interior:
    • Check ceilings for water stains, mold, or discoloration that might indicate leaks.

Interior Inspection (Attic):

  • Access:
    • Safely access the attic, ensuring proper lighting and secure flooring.
  • Ventilation:
    • Check for proper attic ventilation to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Insulation:
    • Inspect insulation for dampness, mold, or damage.
  • Leaks and Stains:
    • Look for signs of water leaks, stains, or mold growth on the underside of the roof decking.
  • Structural Issues:
    • Inspect for signs of sagging or damage to roof trusses and supports.
  • Light Penetration:
    • Check for any areas where light is penetrating from the outside, indicating potential gaps or holes.
  • Ventilation:
    • Verify the proper functioning of attic vents and roof vents.
  • Additional Checks:
    • Check for any signs of pest infestations, like nests or chewed materials.
    • Inspect satellite dishes or solar panels for secure attachment.
  • Documentation:
    • Take photos or notes of any issues you find for reference.
    • Document the date of inspection and any repairs or maintenance performed.

General Recommendations:

  • Regular Maintenance:
    • Conduct inspections at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall.
  • Professional Inspection:
    • Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor for a more detailed inspection, especially if you notice significant issues.
  • Repairs:
    • Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and costly repairs.
    • Create a roofing file for each building; review warranty information.
    • Clear roof drains of debris (roof warranties don’t cover this).
    • Walk the perimeter to examine sheet metal, copings, and previously repaired sections.
    • Check roof-to-wall connections and examine flashings (at curbs and penetrations, etc.) for wrinkles and tearing.
    • For single-ply roofs, re-caulk the top of face-mounted termination bars (if needed).
    • For bituminous roofs, check for splits in the stripping plies.
    • Be on guard against corrosion on metal roofs, which may be caused by condensate from copper coils in rooftop HVAC units. Duct the condensation water to keep it from coming into contact with the membrane.
    • Keep traffic off of the roof to avoid membrane damage.
    • Don’t let your green roof die from lack of care. Be attentive to plant health by monitoring growth and weeding and trimming as needed. Proper irrigation is not only critical for the survival of vegetation but also protects your roof membrane against leaks and ponding.
    • Plan a moisture survey every 5 years to detect wet insulation or leaks.

Regular roof inspections can help catch problems early and prevent more extensive and costly repairs down the line. They are an essential part of building  maintenance to identify potential issues and ensure the structural integrity of your property.

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“We had a great experience, they showed up when they were supposed to with the proper materials handled all the permit process and everything went exactly as they specified. quite a nice change in today’s environment. we enjoyed working with them so much that we asked them to go all the way to Titusville to look at another job for us. The best I can say is they are neat, clean, orderly and professional.”

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“After both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma I had roof damage, one with a leak. I called All Area Roofing and they were out the same day – gave me a very reasonable quote – and had the repairs done within 48 hours of our agreeing on a price. My property was left spotless I could hardly tell they were even there other than I could see the new shingles. I was very pleased with my experience.”

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“As a General Contractor we work with many subcontractors for different scope of work. It was our first time using All Area Roofing for the roofing scope on one of our renovation projects. They provided a high level of professionalism both from the Office and in the Field. Highly recommended!”

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