Roofs have often been compared to tyres. We only think about them when there’s a problem, and we only replace them when we absolutely have to. But the problem with treating our roofs (and tyres) this way is that we end up spending more time and money on them in the long run. After all, doesn’t it cost less to invest in regular maintenance for your tyres and extend their lives than to buy a completely new set every year or so? It’s exactly the same with your roof. That’s why at Goodyer we offer a full range of roof and building inspections, to help you recognise when your roof needs a bit of TLC and hopefully save you some money on a replacement roof. But what’s involved in a roof inspection, and how is it done?
Why Have A Roof Inspection?
We’ve touched on this a little already, but the main reason to have a roof inspection is to ensure your roof is in good condition, with no damage that could cause ongoing issues or internal damage to your home. A few of the reasons you might need to have a roof inspection include:
- Weathering & Ageing: Unfortunately, even roofs don’t last forever. Most parts of your home will have a maximum lifespan before they need repairing or replacing, and for the average roof that is 20-30 years. To prolong this, you need to counteract any weathering and ageing effects with regular maintenance.
- Routine Maintenance: If your roof isn’t maintained properly, tradesmen who are repairing other elements of your home could end up inadvertently damaging your roof. For example, if you have solar panels or an air conditioning unit that needs servicing, the tradesmen will need access to the roof. During this, they could step on a fragile tile or agitate a damaged area, causing serious problems.
- Storm Damage: High winds, hail and other extreme weather can cause all sorts of damage to your roof. If you have a particularly bad storm (like some of the ones we have had recently), it’s worth getting a roof survey done to ensure there are no loose tiles, cracks or significant damage from falling trees or tree limbs that will need repairing.
- Vegetation Damage: Vegetation, particularly moss, can grow on roofs when gutters and low areas aren’t cleared regularly. In some cases, other plants and even saplings can start growing in your gutters and work their way into your roof. Birds can nest on roofs, bringing seeds and dirt with them, or heavy winds can blow seeds up to your roof. The problem with plants on roofs is that the roots can penetrate the membrane of the roof and cause severe leaks if not caught soon enough. A roof inspection means you can spot these little growths before they become too embedded and pull them out without causing more damage.
Of course, these are just a few examples of the trials your average roof goes through in a single year. There are a variety of other things that can cause damage to your roof, and without a roof inspection, you are unlikely to spot them. A roof inspection is also an essential tool when you are buying a property, as it can help you identify ‘problem’ properties and even give you a bargaining chip to negotiate the price down to cover repairs.
Roof inspections or surveys will take a few different forms, from a physical inspection of the internal elements to an external inspection and even a drone view. A good roof survey will be able to tell you about:
- Roof Coverings – The age, expected longevity, condition and any suspected leaks.
- Ridge Tiles – Condition of the mortar and ridge iron.
- Guttering & Rainwater Systems – What type is installed, how long they will last, any problems or blockages, damage, cracks or leaking joints.
- Valleys & Gulleys – Fatigue splits, expected lifespan, and the condition of any repairs.
- Chimney Stacks – Brickwork and mortar condition, loose chimney pots, worn chimney flaunching, flashing types and their condition.
- Flat Roofs – The condition of any flat roofs, check for soft spots, and covering condition.
- Roof Windows And Skylights – Installation quality, flashing checks, cracked glass or internal fogging of double glazing.
- Dormer Roofs – Covering, condition and longevity.
- Roof Structure – External and internal checks for sag, spread, Purlin support and condition, internal light, condensation issues, ventilation, wall plates and tile bars.
How Is It Done?
Roof inspections are often a 2-part process. The first will involve a physical inspection of guttering and any internal roofing. This will be done by one of our accredited experts who will record any issues they find. But the second part is far more exciting, and that’s a drone inspection. The problem with roofs is that there are areas that are difficult or even impossible to access. If a roof is unstable and can’t be walked on safely, you need a way to view it without risking anyone’s safety. Our state of the art drones allow us to view every part of your roof in detail with our feet firmly on the ground. Our drones are operated by fully CAA qualified drone pilots and film in full high definition 4K to capture even the tiniest defect in your roof. It also eliminates the need for scaffolding or tradesmen walking over your roof.
At Goodyer, we have been performing drone roof inspections for a number of years to help identify issues and determine their causes. If you have been living in your home for a while and haven’t had a roof inspection, or if you’re in the process of buying a house, we would love to offer you the chance to experience our drone roof surveys for yourself. Our experts will be able to walk you through the process and even provide you with detailed estimates for any repair work that needs to be done. For more information or to arrange your inspection, get in touch with us today.