Why Your Roof is a Critical Part of the Home Inspection

What’s up There?

Have you ever wondered what your inspector looks for in a roof inspection? Paying attention to the roof during a home Inspection is critical. It avoids surprise expensive repairs or major damage to your property when severe weather delivers a beating to your roof. 

Storms or leaks cause damage that you may not notice. And DIY roofing jobs can leave your home susceptible to structural damage. 

Home inspectors determine what shape your roof is in and can save you money, time, and a lot of heartache. Here is what inspectors are looking at during the home inspection. 

Interior Inspection

A common home inspection problem is water damage. And a weak or leaky roof can be the source of the damage. 

The first thing an inspector will do is inspect the inside of the home for evidence of water intrusion. In most cases, they will start by checking in your attic for signs of aging, leaks, mold, and moisture.

How do they know? Inspectors look for the following signs of water damage:

  • streaks of light entering from outside
  • stains on the ceiling or walls  
  • holes or gaps in the roof 
  • peeling paint 
  • musty smells, mold, and mildew 
  • damp insulation, carpets, or walls

If an inspector finds any signs of water damage, they will document it in the home inspection report. It may be an indicator that you need to replace or repair your roof. 

Exterior inspection

A home inspector will also check the exterior of your home. Not all home inspectors will climb to your roof, so be sure to ask. This exterior inspection is an important part of a home inspection because it enables the inspector to look and record any missing shingles, outside leaks, damaged flashing, and cracked caulking. Check to make sure your home inspection includes it. 

If they don’t offer it, you must not try to check the exterior of your roof yourself. Walking on the roof can be extremely dangerous and potentially damage your roof’s tiles and seams. 

Inspectors also check to make sure your gutters and downspouts are properly installed and in good working condition to avoid future leaks and damage. Gutters and downspouts collect and carry water away from your home. If gutters and downspouts aren’t doing their job, it can cause water damage, erosion, and flooding. 

Inspectors will document any findings and include them in the inspection report for your review. 

Repair estimates

Upon completion of the inspection, the inspector will prepare the report with any findings. If the inspection was requested and related to a pending real estate sale, both the buying and selling parties receive the report detailing the condition of the roof and any recommended repairs.

With the help of your real estate agent, you can request that the roof be repaired or request to receive a credit for the repairs at purchase. 

Be sure to ask the homeowner about the roof warranty. Depending on the manufacturer and stipulations of the warranty, some of the warranty benefits may pass to you, the new homeowner. 

If you’re the seller, be sure to keep documents related to any roofing services or repairs. 

A roof is a fundamental part of your home and plays a key role in its structural integrity and safety. Get a home inspection to protect your investment and to know the ins and outs of your new home. You won’t be sorry you did! 

Need a home inspection? Book with Cookeville Home Inspection, serving the Upper Cumberland in the beautiful state of Tennessee. 


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