If you live or work in Houma, you already know how humid and muggy it can be most of the year. Moist air can be challenging for some roofs in Houma, causing them to grow moss and airborne algae. This is especially true if you have a house with asphalt shingles. Gloeocapsa magma, also known as black algae, loves to feed on the granules on asphalt shingles. As a result, these growths can ruin your roofing material and attract moisture. If your attic space isn’t properly ventilated, this could also create a breeding ground for such microorganisms. In addition, the humidity outside and inside the house can leave your roof decking vulnerable to moisture issues that can develop leaks. Living in a town so susceptible to humidity, it is a good idea to have your roof checked regularly to prevent moisture damage that can lead to expensive repairs. You may like to know how much a roof inspection costs in Houma. Here, we will cover the costs of roof inspections and how often you should get them.
Nationally, most homeowners could pay between $120 and $321, with the average homeowner spending about $220 for a roof inspection, according to Home Advisor. Some roofing contractors may get up on your roof and take a look around for damages such as hail damage, old flashing, problems with vents or skylights, gutter damages, and more. Other roofing contractors may even use drone technology to inspect the roof. Still, other roofing companies may use infrared roofing inspection in which a thermal cam checks for where your roof may be leaking. This is substantially higher than traditional inspections.
Keep in mind that not all roofing contractors are alike. According to The International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection Handbook, 3.1 Section 4 states that roofers aren’t required to wall the roof. Some contractors may do it if the pitch of your roof isn’t steep. Others may use a ladder to take a look around for visible damages. If you want to know which approach a contractor will use, you can ask during the interviewing process. Whichever inspection method a roofer chooses, it is a good idea to make sure that they provide you with a written estimate of what needs repairs or replacement. Word-of-mouth estimates are unprofessional and could lead to misunderstanding when it comes time for you to pay.
You may be wondering, “does anyone do free inspections?” In some cases, some contractors do offer free roofing inspections. This could depend on the company itself. If they are new to the market and are seeking new business, the contractor could offer a free initial roof inspection as a courtesy. Also, in a high competition market where an area is known for storms, hail, or other common types of issues that could cause roof damage, roofers may offer free roof inspections. However, keep in mind that every roof inspection you receive may not be free. The first one to initiate business may be one that you could get for free, and a contractor may charge after that. There are also roofing inspectors that may not ever charge for your roof inspection, mainly if you live within their service area. If you live in a location outside of their typical service areas, you may have to pay for an inspection. In such cases, if you need a roof repair, the roofer may credit the cost of the roof inspection to the cost of the roof repair.
Although it would be nice to get a free roof inspection, and some companies in Houma may provide them for free, it is a good idea to plan a budget for around $200 for an inspection. If the roofer charges, you have the money. And if they don’t, at least you can use this money to help with repairs. On average, you should get a roof inspection once a year. However, if you live in an area at high risk for roof damages from hail, high winds, or other bad weather conditions, you may have to consider getting a roof inspection twice a year.
The experts at The Houma Roofers are ready to help you with any of your roofing issues. If you suspect that your roof is leaking or you see visible signs of microorganisms on your roof, such as mold or black algae, you may need a roof inspection. We can install various roofing materials, including asphalt, slate, cedar shake, tile, rubber, and plastic. If you would like a roofing material that provides a high level of protection from high winds that Houma may experience, you may want to consider our metal roofing. We offer roofing services for both residential and commercial customers. Call today to schedule your roof inspection and get a FREE estimate on roofing services.