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Keeping Your Tampa Home Protected: The Lowdown on Professional Roof Inspections

July , 2023 | 8 min. read

By Nicole Corson

RoofCrafters performing a professional roof inspection

Your roof isn’t exactly on your radar, is it? Buried under a sea of daily responsibilities and Netflix binge-watch sessions. Our roof maintenance often drops to the bottom of our home-care list. Until one fine Tampa night, you're tucked in your bed, and suddenly, you experience indoor rainfall... on your forehead. Now, doesn't that roof inspection leap straight to number one on your to-do list?

With 30 years of roofing wisdom tucked under our tool belts at RoofCrafters, we've seen the damage that turning a blind eye can inflict. Many of the calamities we tackle could have been side-stepped. With a timely professional inspection. These allow us to catch those pesky roof issues before they morph into domestic nightmares.

man drinking coffee inside with an umbrella, pots and pans catching roof leaks

Feeling a bit lost about the whole roof inspection deal? Worry not! You've landed in the right spot. In this read, we're going to fill you in on the whys and whens of professional inspections. We'll guide you through the process and let you know what to expect during and post-inspection. Buckle up, Tampa Bay folks; we're about to elevate your roofing game!

The Scoop on Professional Roof Inspections in Tampa: Are They Worth It?


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The beauty of a professional roof inspection lies in the fact that it brings out the Sherlock Holmes in your roofing contractor. Now, you might be a champion at fixing that squeaky door. Or unclogging the stubborn kitchen sink, but when it comes to roof issues, it's best to leave it to the pros. You see, roof problems have a knack for playing hide-and-seek. Some are as plain as a flamingo in a flock of pigeons—like missing shingles or a broken vent. But others, oh, they're sly and love to lurk where only a trained eye can spot them.

roofer doing an inspection

You might ask, "But is it that risky to climb up the ladder and take a peek myself?" Here's the deal. Without the right training and safety gear, doing a DIY roof inspection is like stepping into a boxing ring with Mike Tyson. You don't want to do it! Unless you moonlight as a roofing contractor! The chances are that you'll miss the subtle signs of trouble that could be brewing up there.

The Value of an Expert Roof Inspection in Florida


roofer installing shingle over ridge vent on a roof

The value of a professional roof inspection doesn't stop at identifying roof damage. You see, these inspections are a sort of wellness check for your whole home. When a RoofCrafters inspector ventures into your attic, they're not just looking for roof damage. They're also ensuring that your ventilation system is doing its job. A great functioning roof and ventilation system are like the defensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They shield the rest of the team (your home) from unnecessary punishment.

roof estimator inspecting an asphalt shingle roof

So, if you suspect any damage or if it's been a while since your last check-up, get in touch with a professional roofing contractor ASAP. And remember, no matter how tempting it might seem, leave the DIY for other tasks—let's keep the roof inspection to the experts!

Deciding on the Right Time for a Roof Inspection in Tampa Bay


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Think of a roof inspection like a regular health check-up—it's necessary and proactive. Major weather events like hail storms or strong winds may cause visible damage, but silent wear and tear happens year-round. Thus, scheduling a roof inspection at least once a year is advisable, though every six months would be ideal.

debris on a flat and shingle roof

Your roof requires particular attention before Tampa's chilly winters kick in. Cold weather can hamper roof repair or installation success by affecting the shingles' sealing rate. To avoid delayed fixes till spring, it's wise to book your roof inspection early. Trust us; your roof (and your peace of mind) will thank you for it!

Navigating Your Tampa Roof Inspection: A Step-by-Step Guide


So, you're wondering what happens during a Tampa roof inspection? Understanding the process should help you see the value of a professional roof inspection. Here's the step-by-step rundown of how our local roofing professionals conduct their inspections:

The Art of Spotting: Visual Inspection


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 The first step in the process is a thorough visual assessment. Your Tampa roofing contractor will examine your roof for leaks and signs of unusual wear and tear. They'll check for storm damage and organic growth like moss. Along with any other issues that might have arisen during shingle installation or past repairs.

Getting Under the Hood: Structural Inspection


storm damage roof from severe wind damage

 The structural inspection involves your contractor examining the heart of your roof structure. The attic, and of course, the roof itself. They'll look for signs of sagging, uneven roof planes, and assess the condition of your gutter systems, soffit, and fascia. If your Tampa Bay home features a masonry chimney, they'll check for cracks, damaged caps, and deteriorating grout. Proper attic venting is also examined. Improper ventilation can cause heat and moisture buildup. Which will ultimately shorten your roof's lifespan.

Checking the Building Blocks: Material Inspection


rooftop shot of missing shingles and Jacksonville RoofCrafters truck

 During the material inspection, your contractor will walk your roof to spot any loose, curled, or missing shingles. Checking for staining, rusting, moss growth, and any missing fasteners or damaged flashing. Loose granules from your shingles in the roof valleys or gutters could suggest that your roof is nearing its expiry date. They'll also make sure the rubber boots and seals around your vent pipes are in good shape, with no visible deterioration or gaps.

Inside the Fortress: Interior Inspection


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 A comprehensive inspection also includes checking the inside of your Tampa home for signs of roof damage. Because roof leaks can wreak havoc on your home. Your contractor will examine your interior ceilings and walls. Checking for any indications of mold or water staining that suggest water intrusion.

Judging the Craft: Workmanship Inspection


Roofer inspecting an asphalt shingle roof

 The workmanship inspection involves examining your roof for any potential issues in workmanship. They're not critiquing competitors' work. They want to ensure your roof was installed or repaired correctly, and the installation is up to standard. If they spot something like improper flashing around your vent pipes, chimney, or skylights. This may show a potential risk for future leaks or damage due to subpar workmanship.

RoofCrafters roofer performing a repair

With this roadmap, you'll know exactly what to expect when you schedule a professional roof inspection in Tampa. And remember, the sooner, the better - don't wait until that drip, drip, drip on your forehead disrupts your sleep!

The Aftermath: Post-Roof Inspection in Tampa, Florida


After your meticulous Tampa Bay roof inspection is finished. Your contractor will either pass you the good news of a robust roof, or they'll walk you through any issues they may have unearthed. But there's no need for a freak-out session! Pat yourself on the back for being proactive and timely with your roof inspection. By catching any damage early, you're curbing its potential to escalate, saving your wallet from the hurt of future costly repairs. Who said being responsible doesn't pay off?

Now that you're well-versed with the ABCs of a roof inspection - before, during, and post - it's high time you hit up your local contractor. For all of you folks in the Tampa Bay area, get your inspection scheduled below. Our seasoned experts are raring to help you demystify your roofing needs.

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Nicole Corson

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