roofing_inspectWhen purchasing a new home, a roof certification may not always be required. Roof certifications areĀ separateĀ from home inspections. Typically, home inspectors do not perform thorough roof inspections. During a roof certification, the roof inspector will climb up on the roof and issue reports on possible movement, the condition of the roofing materials, the ridges, caps and drip edges, the condition of drains, downspouts and gutters, as well as flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mountings of HVAC units.

If the roof inspector determines that the roof does not need repair, the roofing company will estimate how many remaining years of life the roof has and will certify its inspection. Depending on local practice, roof certifications are good for anywhere between two and five years.

If the roof of the home requires repairs, the roof certification will not be released until after the repairs have been performed.

There are a number of things that play into a roof certification. Roof certifications can depend on the type of roof. The roof of a home can be made from many different materials, including composition shingle, wood shake, clay or concrete tile, slate, metal or steel, tar or gravel, or even synthetic materials.

The age of the roof also plays a role in the roof certification. Different materials require different repairs depending on their age. For example, while a tile roof may last up to fifty years as long as nobody has been walking on it, a roof made of wood shake may require more repairs after only ten years.

The roof’s pitch also can have a factor in roof certification. The steepness of a roof is what is known as its pitch, and the higher the number, the steeper the pitch. Many roof contractors or inspectors charge an additional amount to work on a roof that has a very steep pitch.

Roof contractors and inspectors will also want to consider previous repairs. If previous repairs were done on the roof of the home, they will inspect them to see if they were done correctly. This is in order to make sure that a botched repair does not cause problems on the roof in the future.

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