Just because you know there’s something wrong with your roof doesn’t mean you know how bad the damage is, when or how it happened, and what it’s going to take to fix it. That’s why you hire a professional roof inspector — to get up there and assess the damage. And if you’re like most people, you’ll probably have a ton of questions to ask your roof inspector. So don’t be afraid to ask away!
Any reputable roof inspector will be more than willing to answer any question a homeowner or commercial client throws at them. These 7 questions will help get the conversation started.
- How bad is the damage?
Your roofer will answer this question before you ask. Just make sure to ask for specifics and request that they take pictures. Pictures are vital for documenting the inspection. They also help you see what they saw. You should know how much damage there is, whether it’s a few loose shingles or something worse.
- How old is my roof?
Some home and business owners know exactly how old their roof is. Others don’t, usually because they bought the property from someone else. The average roof is built to last 20 to 30 years, so this will help you and your roof inspector gauge if you need a full roof replacement.
- Do you think the existing materials are good quality?
If the original roof wasn’t up to par to begin with, replacing it with the same materials isn’t in your roof’s best interests. Knowing this will help you decide if an upgrade is necessary so that your roof lasts longer.
- Are you only replacing the shingles?
It’s important to ask your Connecticut roof inspector if your existing ventilation system is holding up. The same goes for metal flashings, gutters, etc. Any damage to these components may warrant a total replacement beyond just shingles. And this will directly impact how much money you have to pay.
- How will you protect the rest of my property?
Once a roof replacement is underway, your property becomes a construction site. So, it’s important to get an idea of how your roofer will protect flower beds and other landscaping features, what they’ll do if bad weather hits, and what their cleanup process entails.
- How long will the roof replacement take?
There are crews — like ours at MJT Roofing — that can complete a roof replacement in as little as a single day. Depending on the size and complexity of the home, it could take longer.
- Do you handle other repairs?
If your property was damaged in a storm, you may also have gutter damage, window cracks, etc. Relying on the same company to fix these issues, too, will get your home back to pre-storm condition faster.
- Call MJT Roofing today!
There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine professional roof inspections is one, and over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!