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How Much Does a Roof Inspection Cost?

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How Much Does a Roof Inspection Cost?

The roofing system of your home or commercial building can be one of the most expensive projects to undertake. In order avoid costly repairs and preserve your investment, it is highly advisable to schedule a roof inspection at least once a year. The National Roofing Council Association suggests at least two roof inspections per year. The following are factors that can directly influence the cost of a roofing inspection.

Average Prices

Roof Inspection Building Type: Home, Apartment, or Business.

A roofing inspection involves a licensed and insured professional climbing and visually assessing the current condition of your roof. If you own a home, factors affecting the price of inspection will include the number of stories the inspector must climb and the pitch of the roof. A national average for inspecting a residential home is $99. Apartment buildings can be many times larger than a single family household and are commonly designed with more chimneys, valleys, and vents, which will take the inspector much more time to walk and carefully assess the roof. The average rate of inspecting the roof of an apartment building is $243. Businesses or commercial buildings are often higher and larger in size compared to residential properties, these buildings also have unique structural designs which the inspector will need to consider in order to safely access the roof; the average rate for inspecting this type of roof is $443.


Why a Roof Inspection is Needed

There are many reasons why you may need to have your roof inspected. It can either be a proactive approach where you are trying to prevent future problems or a reactive situation where an issue is present and you must have it repaired as soon as possible. Roofs are expected to last between 15 and 30 years depending on the quality of material that is installed. As the life expectancy of the roofing material is shortened, it would be a good idea to schedule an inspection.


Inspecting an old Roof

The average price for inspecting an old roof is $61.


Inspecting a Roof with Missing Shingles

Shingles are tested to be able to withstand high wind currents, but when mother nature strikes, you must quickly tend to these problems before water seeps in and causes further damage. Nationally, the average cost to inspect a roof with missing shingles is $94.


Inspecting a Leaking Roof

Leaks can be caused by many factors including missing shingles, nail pops, old flashing, chimney problems, etc. When you begin to notice "tea stains" on the ceiling of your uppermost floor, chances are you have a roof leak. The longer that a leak is left unrepaired, the more damage it will cause to your roof and the interior of your home or business. The average price to inspect a roof with a leak is $101.


General Roof Inspection

Perhaps you feel like it may be time for a general roof replacement and would like a professional opinion before you do so, a national average rate for this general inspection will be $193. There are times where you will need a roof inspection certificate if you are trying to sell your property or perhaps it is needed for property insurance purposes. A professional should provide you with a report detailing precise dimensions, age, life expectancy, and the current condition of your roof. An average rate for a roof inspection certificate is $216.


Roof Material

Roof systems come in several different types of materials in order to suit the aesthetic and structural needs of each building. Each type of material ages, damages, and wears differently which requires specific set of skill sets in order properly assess and inspect the roof. Metal roofing is harder to walk on and can take longer to pin point problems, the national average rate to inspect a metal roof is $184. Composition shingles are most popular on residential homes and can cost an average of $104 to inspect. Tar and gravel is commonly seen on commercial buildings with a flat roof top, and commonly cost the average price to $208 to inspect. A roof with wood shake shingles will require an inspector that is experienced in recognizing damaged and diseased wood, inspecting this type of material on average will cost $337. Roofs installed with copper material with have to be inspected with care and delicacy and on average an inspector will charge $422. Expect to pay an average of $193 to have your tile roof inspected for cracks, chips, and damaged pieces.


Number of Stories

One of the main factors involved in determining the cost of a roof inspection is the number of stories of the building. The higher the building is, the more risk that is involved and the more difficult it can be to access it. A higher roof can require longer ladders which make it difficult to transport. A national rate for inspecting a one story building is $117, while a building with two stories is $117. Average rates for a roof inspection of a three story building is $317 respectively.


Size of Roof

The size of your roof is also another important factor directly associated with the cost of an inspection. The larger the roof is, the more time and risk that is involved in assessing it. Nationally, an average price for inspecting a roof under 1,000 square feet (or 10 squares) is $85, $132 for a roof between 1,000 and 1,999 square feet, $229 for a roof size between 2,000 and 2,999 square feet. Lastly the average price for a roof size between 3,000-3,999 square feet is $254. Hiring a professional roofing inspector can be a safe and efficient way for you to avoid costly repairs in future and offer you valuable knowledge about your system before hiring a contractor for a replacement.

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