If you are in the market to sell or purchase a house, you are likely familiar with the term “inspection.” However, did you know that a standard home inspection does not cover one of the most crucial aspects that buyers should consider? That aspect is none other than a roof certification.
The safety and stability of a home’s roof play a significant role in determining its value. If your roof has not been inspected recently or if you are unsure about its certification status, it should be on your to-do list.
Understanding a Roof Certification
A roof certification is a document issued by a roof inspector that verifies the roof’s inspection, any necessary repairs, and guarantees its durability for the specified period mentioned in the certification. It functions as a form of warranty for any completed repairs or updates. Roof certifications typically range from 2 to 5 years.
When buying or selling a property, it is crucial to inquire about the last roof inspection, as home inspectors generally do not perform comprehensive evaluations of the roof.
What Do Roof Inspectors Assess?
Roof inspectors evaluate the following factors to issue a roof certification:
- Any missing or loose roofing materials
- Overall condition of the roof materials
- Ridges, caps, and drip edges
- Quality of drains, downspouts, and gutters
- HVAC unit installations
- Condition of pipes, chimneys, vents, and valleys
Roof inspectors conduct thorough examinations both inside and outside the property and document their findings through photographs in their final report.
During the evaluation process, inspectors take note of the following details:
- Roof type
- Age of the roof
- Roof pitch
- Signs of damage
- Number of layers
- Previous roof repairs
What is the Cost of a Roof Certification?
The cost of a roof certification depends on the roofing company chosen for the job. While many contractors offer free estimates for roof projects, they may charge for the level of thoroughness required for certification.
On average, a roof certification can range from $75 to $200, taking into account the location and other factors previously mentioned.
How Frequently Should Roof Inspections Occur?
Ideally, homeowners should have their roofs inspected by professionals at least once per year. Additionally, it is beneficial to personally evaluate the roof on an annual basis and after major storms, checking for significant tears, holes, and leaks.
In Northern Colorado, house roofs are susceptible to more damage than most homeowners realize. With erratic and unpredictable weather conditions, coupled with over 300 days of sun a year, maintaining the overall condition of your home’s primary protective barrier is essential.
For all your roofing needs, including roof certification, contact 970 Services. Our team of qualified professionals is reliable, experienced, and trustworthy. We offer free inspections and guarantee satisfaction with every completed job. Our services include:
- Roof inspections
- Roof certifications
- Roof replacements
- Roof repairs
- Hail damage repairs
- Roof wind damage
- Roof removal and clean-up
- Full roof recovery
Get in touch with us today for a free estimate!