Roof Certification & Inspections | Garner Roofing Company

Roof Certifications

Garner Roofing, Inc offers a little to no charge roof inspection. We also offer Roof certifications and they are separate from a home inspection. Home inspectors, for the most part, do not perform thorough roof inspections. Instead, in many locales, roofing inspectors climb up on the roof and issue reports on:

  • Possible movement
  • Condition of roofing materials
  • Ridges, caps and drip edges
  • Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters
  •  Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mounting of HVAC units

If the roof does not require repairs, we will then estimate the remaining years of life for a roof and certify its inspection as an option.

If the roof requires repairs, after the repairs are performed,  we  will then issue the roof certification.

The certification we offer is for either two or five years, depending on customer’s choice.

Garner Roofing, Inc does not certify low slope roofs under 2.5/12 or flat application roofs.  Our goal is always to attempt to extend the life of the roof as much as possible while still making it water tight.

Factors Influencing Roof Inspections and Certifications:

During a roof inspection we will take into consideration the following:

Type of Roof
Common types of roofing materials are:
Composition shingle
Wood shake
Clay or concrete tile
Slate
Metal or steel
Tar and gravel
Synthetic

 Age of Roof

Wood shakes often require more repairs if they are older than 10 years. Conversely, tile roofs can last 50 years, as long as nobody has walked on them -- because weight in the wrong places causes cracking and breakage. Composition shingle roofs are often warranted for 20 to 40 years, depending on the quality of the material.

Roof Pitch

The steepness of a roof is known as its pitch. The higher the number, the steeper the roof. Typically all roofing contractors will charge extra to work on a roof with an extreme pitch.

Number of Layers

Some cities have enacted ordinances regarding the number of layers that are allowed on a roof before a complete tear-off will be necessary. In California, it's common to see composition shingles placed directly over wood shake.

Previous Roof Repairs

Although not all states require seller disclosures, if a seller does not disclose previous roof repairs, many roofing companies will refuse to honor the roof certification. As roof inspectors we will want to examine a previous repair to make sure it was done correctly and won't cause future problems.

Exclusions to Roof Certifications

 Garner Roofing, Inc will not honor claims due to natural disasters or severe weather -- and these conditions include high winds -- in addition to damage caused by foot traffic or improperly installed skylights or solar panels or any other additional work done to roof after certification.

Natural disasters, however, are generally covered by either a homeowner's insurance policy or a flood insurance policy.

How Roof Certifications Help to Sell and buy Homes

 Most lenders REQUIRE a minimum 2 year roof certification when purchasing a home.

The basic purposes of a roof certification are to:

  • Inform a buyer about the condition of the roof
  • Disclose its remaining life expectancy
  • Make repairs, if necessary

Many sellers are advised to provide a roof certification to the buyer as part of the sales process. Roof certifications give buyers peace of mind. If sellers refuse to provide a roof certification, and the roof is older, home buyers might decide to pay for their own inspection and make it a contingency of the contract.

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