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What to Look for in a Roof Inspector

Many homeowners attempt to save a dollar here and there by taking on projects themselves and becoming DIY’ers. However, some items on that To-Do list should really be left to the professionals.

One item that homeowners quickly turn over to the professionals is the inspection of their roof as it is vitally important to the overall safety and integrity of their home.

But what exactly should you be looking for in a potential roof inspector?

Here are some topics to inspect your inspector on:

Licensing/Certifications

Most inspectors will receive their training and certification from a number of different state and regional certifying organizations, two examples include the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association (NRCIA).

In 1976, a group of visionary home inspectors with the common goal of building consumer awareness and enhancing the professionalism of their field established the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This not-for-profit professional association for home inspectors made its first order of business to establish and advocate high standards of practice and a strict code of ethics for the member community.

Since 1995, the NRCIA has become THE authority in LeakFREE® protection. Their name stands for excellence in property care: improving the way roofs are inspected and maintained so that there is no unexpected loss of property due to normal wear and tear. The association specializes in providing the real estate community with confidence that a LeakFREE roof protects their investment or asset for the duration of the LeakFREE roof certification period.

NRCIA roof inspectors are professionally trained and accredited to thoroughly inspect for roof leaks or the potential likelihood of a leaky roof. All members are enrolled in annual continuing education that trains them to better serve you.

Experience/Customer Satisfaction

The company you are looking into using to inspect your roof might be certified and fully trained, but do they have the experience and the track record of satisfied customers to truly provide you with the best possible inspection?

First, you should verify the inspector works for an accredited business. Their company should be accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Another thing to inspect would be the company’s track record with customers. With today’s technology, it has become easier and easier for customers to review companies and provide that information to others. A helpful place to research a company would be through Angie’s List to see how they stack up against the competition.

Knowing that your roof inspector has the proper certifications, experience and customer service history will give you the peace of mind that your home is in great hands.