Roof inspection cost is determined by size of house, number of floors, the complexity of the roof, and other factors.

Roof inspection cost is determined by size of house, number of floors, the complexity of the roof, and other factors. (Photo: Dreamstime/TNS).

Your roof absorbs more pressure from the weather than any other part of your house. Whether it’s driving rain, hot sun or freezing ice, the elements constantly take their toll on your roof. And sooner or later, all that wear and tear can lead to broken shingles, roof leaks and other damage. Regular roofing inspections can catch small problems or damage before they evolve into very big, very expensive ones.

You should also have a roof inspection if you suspect any storm damage, if you’re selling/buying a home and during routine maintenance. A standard roof inspection will include an assessment of the roof’s overall condition and the remaining lifespan of your roof. An inspector will look for evidence of leaks, inspect the flash points and verify the condition of other roofing elements such as skylights, chimneys and vents. Once roofing problems start, they only get worse, which is why catching damage early makes a big difference. An issue that can be repaired for a few hundred dollars now might cost a few thousand dollars if left unaddressed.

Experts say you should hire a roof inspector every two or three years, especially before and after severe weather seasons, if you notice damage and before you buy or sell a home. The best time to get a roofing inspection is spring or fall. The milder weather during the change of seasons is a great time both to take a look at your roof and make any necessary inspections before the very hot or very cold parts of the year get going. However, if you haven’t had an inspection in a few years, or if you suspect something’s wrong, it’s always good to get an inspection sooner rather than later.

Roof inspections usually cost between $125 and $350, with an average cost of $250. The cost of your inspection varies depending on the size of your house, the pitch of the roof, and whatever complexities the inspector might have to deal with. For instance, a very steep roof requires more safety equipment and more time to inspect, so the cost will increase.

When hiring a roofing inspector, make sure they have experience with your kind of roof. Different materials can call for very different qualifications. Many cities and states regulate roofing, but not all of them. Make sure your pro holds whatever licensing is required to operate and work in your area. Always verify that your roofing pro has liability and workers’ comp insurance, which protects you in the event of damage to your home or injury to a worker. This is a good idea when hiring any home service, but it matters even more in work that involves risky activities like climbing ladders or going on the roof.

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By Paul F. P. Pogue, Ask Angi (TNS)