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How Much will a Roof Inspection Cost in Bluffton, SC?

June , 2022 | 8 min. read

By Anthony Marzbanian

RoofCrafters performing roof inspection on asphalt shingle roof

There could be several reasons why you could need a professional roof inspection in Bluffton, South Carolina. 

What I have found over the past, well almost 3 decades now, is that roof inspections usually fall into one of three categories.

  1. You have a roof leak or storm damage
  2. You have an older roof that may need replacing very soon
  3. You are in the midst of a real estate transaction or need it for insurance purposes

There may be several other reasons to have a roof inspected in Bluffton, South Carolina, but these 3 are the most common reasons that we are called out to do a professional roof inspection. 

And no matter what the reason is, let’s get back to the real reason you came here, you are looking for the cost of a roof inspection, right?

Well, I will assure you that you have come to the right place because we want to help you and the entire Beaufort county community by answering all of your roof inspection questions and concerns.

RoofCrafters of Bluffton has been providing professional roof inspections for 29 years.  So we want to share our roof inspection experience so that you have a better understanding of what a roof inspection is, and how much a professional roof inspection should cost you in Beaufort county.

In this article, you will learn:

Roofer inspecting roof

  • How much does a roof inspection cost?
  • What impacts the cost of a roof inspection?
  • What are the different types of roof inspections?
  • What a professional roofer looks for during a roof inspection?
  • How long does a roof inspection take?


And I can promise you that by the end of this article you will have a clear understanding of roof inspections and have the fairest answer to, “How much will a roof inspection cost in Bluffton, South Carolina?

So, let’s get started, shall we?

How much will a roof inspection cost in Bluffton, SC?


Well, depending on what type of roof inspection you are needing your cost can vary between $250 and $800. 

And this is me assuming that you are not looking for a  “Tank top Tommy” or  “Chuck in a truck” to do your roof inspection.

Now you also may be thinking, that's a big price difference…

… you are not wrong, so stick with me and allow me to go over the factors that will impact the cost of your professional roof inspection in Bluffton, SC.

Factors that impact the cost of a roof inspection in Bluffton?


And just to be clear and transparent, most roofing companies, us included, will provide a free roof inspection provided that you have the intention of considering our company to perform the work needed to make the roof repairs or replacement.  Of course that's if you determine that we are a good fit to work together.

However,  that does not mean that these inspections are actually “free.” 

We do have to pay for wear and tear on our equipment, and gas. We also spend our time climbing around in your attic and up on your roof to evaluate and then create a solution tailored to your specific needs. 

Again, we come out in good faith, at no cost to you, to help and serve you if you want to learn more about us and the roofing services we provide, but it is not free.

However, for a professionally written roof inspection, the cost of your roof inspection will be determined by the type of roof inspection your local Bluffton roofing contractor performs, the size and type of materials on your roof, and the difficulty of the inspection.

The bigger the roof, the more it will cost you.

The steeper and more difficult the access to the roof, the more it will cost you.

Fair enough, so far?

Let’s talk about types of roof inspections.

What are the different types of roofing inspections in Bluffton?


There are 3 types of roof inspection for residential and commercial roofs in Bluffton, SC.

  1. Physical Inspection is the most popular. This is where your local Bluffton roofing contractor will go on your roof and do a visual roof inspection. They will document all their findings for you. They will provide you with photos and a written report that you can then use. The average cost of a physical roof inspection is $250 to $500.

    Drone picture of before and after a new asphalt shingle roof replacement
  2. Drone Inspections have become more popular as technology has gotten better. Drone inspections are popular on homes that have specialty roofing. Such as barrel tiles, wood shakes, and slate roofs. This removes the chance of causing damage to the roofing during an inspection. Drone inspections are great on very steep roofs and hard-to-walk roofs too. The average cost in Bluffton, SC for a drone roof inspection is $350 to $650.

  3. Infrared Inspections are mostly done on commercial roof inspections but can be used on residential roof inspections too. Infrared technology helps us determine if the roof has been leaking and does it have any water-damaged insulation under the old roofing. Sometimes areas with no attic will require infrared inspections to determine if the property has active leaks. The average cost of an infrared inspection is $500 to $800. 

5 things a professional roofing contractor in Bluffton, SC will look for during a roof inspection


During the roof inspection, your local roofing contractor will be looking for signs of wear and tear on any of the roofing components and your roofing materials.

They will also check to determine if your roof needs repairing or replacing to avoid any future roof leaks.

  • ventillationProper attic ventilation, because improper attic ventilation is one of the biggest reasons roofs fail. Making sure you have the proper attic ventilation and that it is installed correctly is critical to the life of your roofing materials.

  • Condition of your decking & framing from the attic, going inside the attic to see the condition of the framing and decking ensures that your roof is solid.

  • Condition of your penetrations (pipes, chimneys, skylights & vents) these items are typically what require maintenance. Oftentimes your roof does not need replacing to get more life out of it. By performing maintenance on these items you can prolong the life of your roof.

  • Integrity of your flashings, your metal flashings is what keeps the majority of the rain out of your home. Making sure that they are sound, secure, and properly sealed and that they have not started to deteriorate or rust is essential to the health of your roof.

  • Lifespan of your existing roof materials, this is a judgment call that takes an experienced professional roofer to estimate how many more years are left on your roofing materials. Having prior experience and knowledge of different roof types is essential in getting a thorough and honest roof inspection.

Now that you know what your local Bluffton roofing contractor will be looking for, let's discuss the amount of time you can expect a professional roof inspection to take.

How long does a professional roof inspection take?


On an average-size home in Bluffton, a professional roof inspection will take somewhere between 1 and 2 hours depending on the difficulty and accessibility. 

On larger homes or commercial properties, you can expect a professional roof inspection to take 2 to 3 and up to 4 hours depending on the type of inspection and all of the different factors we have discussed.

Remember, your professional roofing contractor will also need time to provide you with all the photographs and written documentation supporting all their findings.

How to choose the right roofing contractor in Bluffton, SC?


Now that you know the 5 main things that your local roofing contractor will be looking for and the time they will need to do a thorough roof inspection, keep in mind that there may be other conditions that they will need to cover during their visit to your property.

So, whether you have a roof leak, storm damage, an older roof, or if you are in need of a written roof inspection report for your insurance company or a realtor, the reason really doesn’t matter.

What matters is it's an important task and you want to choose the right contractor for the job.

If you are ready to schedule your roof our team here at RoofCrafters of Bluffton has been providing honest and thorough roof inspections in the Beaufort County area for almost 3 decades now and you can count on our family to be transparent, and professional. You can count on us to provide you with an honest roof inspection. If you are ready to move forward now, schedule your roof inspection here.

Looking to continue your educational journey for your upcoming roofing project? Our customers find the most value in our articles "How long should a roof last?" and "How do I find a great roofing company?"

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Anthony Marzbanian

My name is Anthony, and I am the lead estimator of RoofCrafters’ Georgia/South Carolina division. The roof is the most important part of a structure, and people count on that to protect themselves and their families. That is one of the many reasons why I love my job and enjoy coming to work every day. The continuous training, honesty, and providing the customer with the Roofcrafters experience is what makes me the best in the business.