Roofing companies that include attic inspections in their estimations will sell higher quality roofs. With an inspection, roofers can identify ventilation, insulation, and framing problems that otherwise wouldn't have been seen. We don’t know what the underside of the decking looks like without getting in the attic. We could tear the roof off and find that $3,000 worth of plywood needs to be installed. This not thrilling news to homeowners.
Attic inspections also help us identify the following:
- Allows estimators to gauge the condition of the framing—both for rot and spacing between framing members—to ensure that the roof is structurally sound and can support the weight of new shingle loads.
- Reveals whether the home’s bathroom or dryer fans vent into the attic, periodically dumping quantities of moist air into the space, which, among other things, significantly reduces the R-value of existing insulation.
- Ensures that those insulation levels are adequate and meet new code requirements for the region.