Navigating the County Roofing Inspection Process
Replacing or repairing your roof has a ton of steps, one of the most important is the county roofing inspection. The county requires an inspection of your roofing to make sure your roof is being built or repaired, properly. There are multiple inspections that need to be done, depending on what type of roof you have. Most counties also require a permit to start your roofing project so they’ll have it in their records. Typically, repairs less than 100 square feet don’t need a permit but that varies from county to county. The different phases of a county roof inspection can be varied as well. However, the main inspections are usually a drip edge inspection, a mid-roof inspection, and a final inspection.
Understanding the Importance of Regular Roof Inspections
Before we jump into the phases, let’s talk about why roof inspections are so essential. Your roof is your home’s shield against weather, wear, and tear.
Regular inspections by a professional contractor can:
Identify Potential Issues Early:
Catching small problems before they become big headaches.
Extend the Life of Your Roof:
Regular maintenance can significantly increase the longevity of your roof.
Ensure Your Safety:
A compromised roof can be a safety hazard.
Phase 1: Initial Assessment
The journey begins with an initial assessment.
Here’s what it entails:
From the Ground:
Hennessey Roofing experts start with a ground-level examination to spot obvious issues.
Drones or binoculars might be used for a closer look.
A summary of potential concerns and areas needing a closer look.
Phase 2: Detailed Inspection
This phase is where things get up close and personal.
Inspecting shingles, tiles, or metal surfaces for damage.
Examining the roof for sagging, unevenness, or signs of movement.
Gutter and Downspout Check:
Ensuring proper drainage and no blockages.
Looking for leaks, water damage, or inadequate insulation.
Phase 3: Comprehensive Reporting
After the thorough inspection, it’s time for detailed reporting.
A complete list of findings with photos and descriptions.
An overall health status of the roof.
Urgent issues that need attention.
Advice on how to maintain your roof’s health.
Phase 4: Consultation and Action Plan
It’s not just about identifying problems; it’s about solving them.
Hennessey Roofing experts sit down with you to discuss the findings and your options.
Whether it’s a minor repair, major replacement, or new installation.
Different Types of Roofing Inspection
Drip Edge Inspections
A county inspector does a drip edge inspection when your roof is made of asphalt shingles or other composites. The “drip-edge” in question is a type of flashing that prevents water from leaking into the edge of your roofing. Without a drip edge, your roof is highly prone to roof leaking and decay. So, without a drip edge, your roof will rapidly deteriorate, extremely shortening the life of your roofing.
A mid-roof inspection is typically required for roofing that uses battens. Battens are a part of your roof structure. Usually made of wood, battens run laterally along your roof. They provide points that roofing material can fasten to your roof so it’ll be more structurally sound. Roofing using battens includes tile, slate, shingle, and steel roofing, among others. Mid-roof inspections are required when the roof is 25-50% complete. You cannot get past 50% completion of your roof without a mid-roof inspection. The inspector will check your flashing, sheathing, nail patterns, and make sure the contractor is using the proper materials. It’s a line of defense for the homeowner.
All roofing permits require a final inspection. This includes repairs larger than one hundred square feet. It’s the county’s final chance to ensure the safety of your roof. They’ll be checking for proper flashing, fastening, and other proper roofing techniques. Once you pass your final roofing inspection your roof will be officially completed! A final roofing inspection provides you with the peace of mind that the roofer you hired did a great job. Otherwise, a roofing scammer may be able to swindle you out of your hard-earned money. If you encounter roofing issues and plan to start a project, Hennesey Roofing offers a free roof inspection in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.
Roof Inspection Action Plan
Timeline and Budget:
Setting a realistic timeline and budget for any necessary work.
Preparation for Work:
Planning for the upcoming roofing work to minimize disruption.
Summary – Phases of a County Roof Inspection
County roofing inspections have multiple phases. Your roof material is what determines the type of inspections required. The standard inspections are the drip-edge inspection, mid-roof inspection, and final inspection. No matter what material roofing you have, we believe that Colorado Springs roofing contractors should offer a professional and stress-free service. Hennessey Roofing is an expert at repairing and replacing roofing and can get started right away. Call us today to schedule your free estimate or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in contact shortly!