Free Roof Inspection VS. Real Roof Inspection
I would like to start by saying that I know there are lots of high quality roofing contractors out there who have been working on roofs for years paying their dues providing excellent roofing, repair and inspection services, and to you guys my hats off – you have my utmost respect. This article is in no way intended to minimize the hard work and effort that roofers put in, some of the things a career roofer has to endure are incredible in my opinion.
Terrible Roof Repair Work
Home Buyers, Homeowners and Roof Inspections
Most of the time the “inspector” is an out of work roofer, working for someone who has a license, or sometimes even just people they hired who have never even put on a roof.
So here is the obvious question.
Do You See These Two “Roof Reports” As The Same Thing?……..Or Even Close?
You really owe it to yourself to ask one simple question:
Is the person inspecting my roof a licensed contractor?
If the answer is not a simple yes……..it’s a no.
Sure, it’s legal…but so is shooting yourself in the foot!
Roof Doctors State Contractor’s License Number is 628619 – Since 1991
For obvious reasons it is necessary to define the term roof inspection.
Roof Inspection – The inspection of a roof, including the visual and instrumental verification of its condition, to determine its maintenance, replacement actions, and the causes of any defects that may have arisen.
The inspector should try to find and report any current or potential defects reasonably apparent.
At least 80% of the time, a free roof “inspection” will be performed by someone who has absolutely no roofing or inspection credentials other than the fact that their boss is calling them an inspector. (Like my inspectors below!)
Roof Inspection Report
This is the main clue. If it were an actual roof inspection there would be no conditions regarding its use. Sure everyone has disclaimers about certain components of the property, liability etc. but this is different. This states that the inspection is only relevant in terms of issuers certification and not in terms of the roofs actual condition, and thereby not an actual roof inspection.In 40 years of roofing work I have yet to see a free “roof inspection” that was worth the paper it was written on. They are vague, uninformative and in my opinion, worth exactly what was paid. (Actually you would be better off with nothing, at least then you would not be misinformed and under a false impression.) At Ron William’s Roof Doctor, we are a roofing and roof repair company who also offers roof inspection and roof certification services.When we are hired to do an inspection, our focus is to provide all pertinent information regarding the roof, regardless of certification conditions. If you don’t want all of the information then you don’t want us.
When we arrive at a site, we have been paid for the inspection and don’t need to sell anything beyond that, the sole focus is providing a comprehensive roof inspection and report.
Our inspection is for the purpose of giving the customer all available information pertaining to the roof and may be used for any purpose.
All items noted are verifiable using industry standards, NRCA guidelines, manufacturer’s specifications and local UBCs.
It is a real roof inspection, done by an actual qualified inspector and for that reason will not be refuted and will stand up against any and all scrutiny including litigation situations.
If you want to know all about your roof, you can’t beat an inspection report done by Ron Williams & Roof Roof Doctor.
If you don’t really want to know, but still need an “inspection” then the free route may be for you.
Order an inspection by a licensed, bonded and insured contractor. For all your roof and deck repair, inspection and power washing needs, Call the Roof Doctor You’ll Be Glad You Did!