1. Condition of the roof from the ground
We do walk around the perimeter of the home and note the visual condition of the roof from the ground.
2. Check Pitch (address the type of product that is suitable for their pitch)
We check the pitch of the roof to determine the roofing materials that would be appropriate for the home.
3. Count # of Layers while on the ladder
We count the number of roofing layers to determine how much waste to expect when remove the current roof.
b. The maximum amount of roofing layers legally permitted is 2.
4. Look for nail pops
Nail pops are a sign that the shingles are no longer mechanically fastened properly.
5. Inspect and count all skylights
Skylights are notorious for being the cause of roofing leaks.
6. Is the roof wavy? Make note and address.
Waviness in a roof could be caused by many different factors. Your Roofing Advisor will advise you on the best course of action to remedy this issue. Common causes are bad decking, broken rafters/trusses, and too many layers.
7. Observe for and note any week areas in the decking
We walk the entire roof and make note of any weak areas in the decking.
8. Granular Deterioration? Check gutters
We check the gutters to see if there is a substantial amount of granules that have been washed away.
9. Observe for and note any moss or algae growth
Algae is a common problem and is a tell tale sign that the roof is at the end of it’s lifespan.
10. Make note of the ventilation system
Improper ventilation is the silent killer of your roofing system. We will check both the intake and the exhaust and help you develop a plan to ensure that your new roof has adequate ventilation, so your Honest Abe Roof will last a lifetime.
11. Check flashing around any chimneys or walls
Anytime there is a wall or chimney, special measures need to be taken to ensure that those areas are water tight. Your roofing advisor will inspect the areas and make sure that your new honest Abe Roof will have flashing that is beautiful and waterproof.
12. Inspect and note the condition of any pipe boots
Protrusions from plumbing and heat vents will be a constant source of leaks if not properly made waterproof. Tar is not a permanent solution! Your Roofing Advisor will inspect all pipes and share with you the plan to make sure they never leak.
13. Any shingles buckled, blistered or curled?
As asphalt ages it becomes prone to issues like buckling, blistering and curling. Your Roofing Advisor will take photos of all the problem areas and share with you the solution and how we can ensure that your new Honest Abe Roof, never has these challenges.
14. Inspect attic for any damage to the bottom of the decking or trusses/rafters
You have heard the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, the same is true about a roof. You can’t properly diagnose all issues by simply looking at the exterior. Conducting a proper attic inspection is key to making sure that Your Roofing Advisor catches any unseen issues.
15. Check for mold on decking
Mold loves to grow in warm, damp environments. Without proper ventilation, your attic will be warm and damp. Your Roofing Advisor will take photos of all mold issues and share with you the plan to eliminate it.
16. Check for moisture in attic
Even if your shingles look to be working properly and there is no leak evident on the ceilings, your roof may still be experiencing moisture intrusion. Your Roofing Advisor will inspect both the decking and the insulation to see if moisture is present.