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7 Essential Tools for Conducting a Thorough Roof Inspection

Making sure your roof can handle the task of protecting you and your family for as long as possible requires some work. Knowing what repairs or maintenance needs to be done, or even if the roof needs to be replaced, starts with a roof inspection. In order to perform a comprehensive assessment you may be wondering “well, what do I need to inspect my roof?” and today, we are going to tell you the seven essential roof inspection tools you need to conduct a thorough roof inspection.

Safety Gear
Before stepping foot on your roof, you need to make sure you have the right roof inspection tools to keep you safe. This could include a pair of non-slip shoes, gloves and or a safety harness to catch you just in case. You can even consider getting a pair of knee pads as you may find yourself kneeling down often during the inspection.

In order to get on and off your roof safely, you’re going to need a ladder. Make sure your ladder is  tall enough to reach above your roof line by about three feet and has a stable base. Although this may seem like one of the obvious roof inspection tools, you should still make sure your ladder has rubber feet or claws to help prevent it from slipping or moving and is positioned on a flat stable surface. Also check to make sure the ladder is secure at the top so that it does not move or fall from the wind while you are on the roof. A bungee cord strap will assist you with this.

Tape Measure
Taking note of your roof’s dimensions and measurements in case repairs need to be made as it can save you time from having to take another trip on your roof. It’s also important to check if your roofing material is properly spaced and aligned.

Parts of your roof might be obscured or dimly lit so having a flashlight on hand will be useful. You will be able to spot cracks, leaks, and other signs of damage in areas with poor visibility. It will also be helpful for inspecting your roof from inside the attic.

Documentation Tools
The last thing you want is to get on your roof and wonder “How do I inspect my roof?” This next set of roof inspection tools is aimed to prevent that. The first documentation tool we recommend getting is a roof inspection checklist with all the key components you should inspect on your roof so you don’t miss anything. Next is a tool you can use to take notes, such as your phone or a simple paper and pen. Also, bring something to take pictures, such as a camera or smartphone, so you can have a visual documentation of damage or irregularities. Lastly, it’s optional but you may bring chalk in order to mark up damaged areas on your roof (great for after a hailstorm so you can circle damaged shingles!).

Roof Hammer or Pry Bar
To inspect the condition of shingles, flashing, and other roofing materials, you’ll need tools to gently probe and test areas. A roofing hammer or a pry bar can help you lift and manipulate roofing materials without damaging them. This will allow you to assess their condition more effectively.

Moisture Meter
One of the biggest things to look out for during a roof inspection is leaks. Water damage is one of the most common issues that affect roofs, but it’s not always visible to the naked eye. A moisture meter can detect hidden moisture within a roof, its insulation, and/or its structural components. This will help you identify leaks and potential areas of water intrusion.

Professional Inspection
Roof Time is here to take care of your roof inspection needs. We have over 22 years of experience and pride ourselves on providing you with personal service, so your roof gets exactly what it needs. 
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