Complimentary Roof Inspection

Tropicana Roofing Inspection

What Our Roof Inspection Includes

  1. Hail Damage Inspection: Most homeowners are wary of filing unnecessary claims with their homeowners insurance company. To better help the homeowner in the decision making process, Tropicana Roofing inspects your roof just as an insurance adjuster would need to inspect it. Though adjusters will make an independent inspection, we always do our best to let you know beforehand, of any and all damage found on your roof and if filing a claim is in the best interest of the homeowner.
    • Soft metal inspection: One test an inspector will perform while on your roof to inspect for hail damage to the soft metals on your roof. Most HVAC exhaust pipes after covered with a soft metal cap that is easily damaged by even the smallest hail. Finding hail damage, or dings in these soft metal areas are indicative of a previous hail storm impacting the roof and warrants further investigation for hail damage.
    • Test square Inspection: When your insurance adjuster inspects your roof for hail damage, he or she will typically draw a 10’ x 10’ square on each of the north, east, west, and south facing slopes. This drawing is also the approximately same size of a "square of shingles" or, 100 square feet. The inspector is looking for the overall number of hail impacts in this area to help determine if the insurance company will cover that slope for replacement due to hail. Before you call your insurance adjuster and file an unneeded claim, Tropicana Roofing will inspect your roof and offer and honest opinion on any damage found.
    • Collateral damage inspection: The final part of Tropicana Roofing hail inspection is what we call an inspection for collateral damage. Hail that is big enough to damage the shingles on your roof, will often leave other signs of impact on your home. Some of the common things an adjuster will look for, are dents on mailboxes, dents in the AC unit coils, holes or cracks in vinyl or aluminum siding, holes in window screens, and dents in the gutters and or gutter downspouts. Many of these items can be added to the insurance claim and subsequently be replaced.
  2. Wind Damage Inspection: Tropicana Roofing inspects every roof for damage caused by strong winds. While missing shingle tabs can easily be seen from the ground, it’s sometimes harder to see shingles that are creased from being blown up by wind or shingles that are no longer sealed properly due to an accumlation of dirt and debris under the shingle(s).
  3. Reparability Inspection: Not every roof that has a leak needs to be totally replaced and often we can repair any damage that was caused by improper installation or localized storm damage. To determine the ability to replace one or more squares of roof shingles, a test to determine the pliability of the existing shingles should be performed. If shingles are aged and brittle for example, it may not be possible to simply replace one shingle without damaging the surrounding shingles.
  4. Window Inspection: Sometimes a homeowner calls us to inspect what they mistakenly think is a leak in the roof, but is actually just a window with a faulty seal. In multi story homes with windows which are above the roofline, Tropicana Roofing inspects the window frame to ensure proper installation of the window flashing.
  5. Step Flashing inspection: Step Flashing is used at diagonal roof to wall transitions. Improperly installed or rusted step flashing is often the cause of major leaks that are sometimes hard to pinpoint. Tropicana Roofing inspects the step flashing, to ensure that it is securely fastened, sealed, and rust / corrosion free.
  6. Counter Flashing Inspection: Counter Flashings are commonly used around chimneys, over step flashings, and anywhere else there might be a roof to wall transition. Tropicana Roofing inspects all counter flashings to ensure they are properly attached and sealed.
  7. Drip Edge Inspection: Tropicana Roofing inspects both the eaves and rakes for installation of drip edge. Drip edge is not always found on roofs, but some jurisdictions have added drip edge to their building codes and Tropicana Roofing always suggests the addition of drip edge for a worry-free roof installation.
  8. Chimney Inspection: Another common area for leaks is chimneys. Though the chimney isn’t necessarily part of the roofing system, it can be a source for water leaks which can easily be mistaken for a roof failure. To rule out any possible problems with the chimney, Tropicana Roofing visually inspects the chimney to assure it’s sealed properly and protected against water intrusion.
  9. Exhaust Pipe Inspection: The pipes that exit your home through the roof are typically only exhaust vents for things like the vent fan over the stove, in the bathrooms, and gas water-heaters. We occasionally we find that the boots, or water seals on the vents were incorrectly installed, and eventually begin to allow water to pass. Tropicana Roofing inspects for proper installation of these boots, as well as any associated flashing for signs of failure or fatigue. A major cause of leaks on many roofs is due to the deterioration of the synthetic pipe boots failing to properly seal around plumbing exhaust vents. Typically, these plastic boots are made of Neoprene. Due to ultraviolet light and heat from the sun, the neoprene rubber dries, shrinks and can even crack, allowing water to pass through into the attic space, Tropicana Roofing inspects the seal on all of the exhuast pipe boots for damage.
  10. Valley inspection: Tropicana Roofing inspects all valleys (where the roof planes intersect) for proper flashing and installation. Heavy rains can cause rushing water to penetrate beneath loose or damaged shingles and without proper flashing, the moisture can result in damge to your roof and or attic space.
  11. Decking Inspection: During a roofing shingle replacement job, Tropicana Roofing performs yet another inspection of the roof decking (plywood) to help indentify any location where water has been allowed to penetrate past the shingles as well as identify any damaged plywood. Roof decking cannot be fully inspected until the exisiting shingles and (typically) tar/felt paper have been removed.
  12. Roof Ventilation Inspection: Many homes with roofs in excess of fifteen years old are not properly ventilated. A proper roof ventilation system is evenly balanced between the eaves and the ridgeline to ensure airflow through the attic. Proper venting helps keep the attic cooler during the summer monthts, and prevent condensation buildup (potential water damage) during the winter months. We inspect your roof to make sure there is enough ventilation for your roof size.
  13. Nail Head Inspection: An uncommon problem that is found on older roofs is improper nailing. Some installers nail too high or too low and even worse, don’t use enough nails for the shingles they are installing. More commonly found is an issue known as “nail pops”. Nail pops mostly occur during the hot summer months when expansion (during the day), and contraction (over night) of the decking results in partially removing or raising one or more nails under the shingles leaving the shingle with a space underneath. Over time, the nail heads can cause small holes in the shingles as well as allowing water and debris to collect under the shingles. Tropicana Roofing will check for any nail pops and resultant damages due to them.
  14. Blistering Inspection: Asphalt shingles can suffer from a condition known as "Blistering". Blistering is most often the result of one of two different issues. Moisture is sometimes trapped in the shingle during the manufacturing process. When the sun heats the shingle, the water expands causing a blister to build up beneath the granules covering the shingle. The secondary cause of shingle blistering is due to improper attic ventilation. The extreme heat trapped in the attic causes the shingles to overheat and they begin to blister. Blisters themselves, especially the small ones, are not always a problem; however, larger blisters may eventually pop, causing the granules that protect the shingle from ultraviolet light to disperse. Tropicana Roofing inspects the roof for signs of blistering which generally, cannot be seen from the ground.

The goal of our roof inspection is to thoroughly inspect the entire roofing system to ensure that no part is weak. We strongly believe that it is more cost efficient for the homeowner to take care of a potential problem before it becomes a major issue that could consequently call for a completely new roof. If you have any questions about our inspection process, please call Mike at 832 458 7481 and he will do his best to address your concerns and questions. Also, feel free to email Tropicana Roofing via the website contact form, and we will reply with any additional information you might need as well as scheduling an inspection.