Why Homeowners Need Annual Roof Inspections

The NRCIA indicates that most roof problems result from deferred roof maintenance or lack thereof. The roof system is the structure’s first line of defense from the natural elements. In the last decade, weather patterns have changed, requiring more attention to maintain a LeakFREE ® roof system.



As climate change progresses, normal rains have turned to disastrous heavy downpours while the winds have become more powerful and destructive. For instance, the intense Santa Ana winds can be detrimental to roof systems and other property systems.  The sun’s scourging rays cause roof deficiencies (cracking, fading, curling, etc.) when the structure is not adequately ventilated. 

 

According to NRCIA, homeowners in Southern California spend over $10k rectifying the damages (direct and consequential) caused by a leaking roof. Out of all the roofs inspected, 77% usually require repair, and 9% need a replacement to qualify for NRCIA’s LeakFREE ® Roof Certification.



Replacing a structure’s roof system can be stressful both financially and time-consuming. The national average to replace a roof is $15,000. NRCIA reports that the average cost to replace a roof is $15,000.

 

NRCIA recommends that every property owner inspect their roofs annually by a licensed roof inspector. The following seven reasons underscore why an Annual Roof Inspection is now an essential component in a proper roof care plan. 

 

 

1. Climate Change

 

The environment has changed over the years due to various factors such as human activities and industrialization. Across the United States, these new weather patterns have become the norm. Seasonal changes from severe hot weather to significant temperature fluctuations can cause damage to roofing material based on its age, condition, and maintenance care routine.

 

Such weather conditions have affected the roof maintenance routine customarily carried out once every few years. Early, late, or extended severe weather conditions cause unexpected damage to a roof system. Only a roof expert can recognize some of these roof damages. Intense and frequent freezing may cause ice damming and moisture intrusion in susceptible areas. Prolonged moisture exposure may cause deterioration and rust damage. Any roof deficiency can create subsequent damages to the property or personal belongings. In higher elevations in snowy climates,  some roofs are not built to handle the additional weight of the snow, further suppressing and weakening the structural integrity. Damaged framing can jeopardize the integrity of the overall roof system.



On the flip side, abnormal heat waves and constant high summer temperatures will shorten the lifespan of the roofing material. Depending on the roofing materials used, the type of red flag locations will vary. The damage may include cracking, discoloration, or deteriorated roof components.

 

Having the roof inspected annually by a licensed expert would help identify the roof’s red flags to include in your roof care plan. Remember that preventative roof repairs, when caught early, are far cheaper and faster to fix versus a reactive leak repair or roof replacement.

 

 

2. Heavy Wind-Driven Rains

 

Heavy rains, high-speed winds, and hailstorms are common throughout the US, with each climate having its characteristics. Constant moisture exposure with fluctuating temperatures can cause the roofing material to expand and contract, resulting in curling or buckled shingles, especially if the roof system is antiquated.

 

Hailstorms can also cause adverse damage to roofs, depending on the hail’s size, wind direction and speed, and the roof’s material, age, size, type, and slope. Some weather systems damage or even remove parts of the roofing material, usually affecting the structure’s perimeter. Additional damage can occur, including gutters, trim boards, siding, etc.

 

Heavy winds can exacerbate granular loss and promote moisture intrusion via wind-driven rain. 

 

Having a licensed professional inspect the roof once per year will help discover potentially dangerous damage caused by heavy winds or rains and fix them before they worsen. If the roof structure has been compromised, the roofing professional will advise a roof care plan with each written report to withstand the present and incoming heavy winds and downpours.

 

 

3. Intense Santa Ana Winds

 

The intense Santa Ana winds that rip through a few times each year can be a disaster for improperly maintained roof systems. The winds will deposit debris on the roof, which will impede proper water flow. A debris build-up will cause accelerated deterioration of the roofing material and ultimately cause moisture intrusion. 

 

During the annual roof inspection, the expert will identify all weak roof points caused by these winds and provide a plan to reinforce, repair, or replace them. A correctly performed inspection followed by a well-written report will identify any storm-created openings resulting from wind damage. 

 

 

4. Extra Hot and Dry Summers

 

The ultraviolet rays deplete the oils from the roof’s waterproof underlayment and other components. As a result, the material weakens, and problematic areas arise. 

 

Correct structure ventilation is essential to prolong the life of the roof system. Improper ventilation can lead to excessive expansion and contraction,  premature deterioration, and condensation build-up resulting in unsuspected organic growth. This fluctuation may hinder the integrity of the roof system. 

 

A licensed roofing expert will determine if the structures are correctly ventilated to keep the attic and structure cooler during the hotter seasons. 

 

 

5. The Roof is Out of Sight

 

Since most homeowners do not climb roofs to inspect, most roof problems remain out of sight. Property owners tend to pay attention to their roof systems after they become a noticeable issue from the inside. At that point, it is too late to prevent moisture intrusion, and a mitigation process ensues.  In addition, most hidden roof problems can only be diagnosed by a trained inspector who has experience in the roofing industry. For most homeowners, it’s hard to notice more minor deficiencies on a roof.



These are some reasons why an annual roof inspection by a licensed professional is essential to identify such roofing problems early before they may cause severe damage.

 

 

6. The Roof is Out of Mind

 

Homeowners usually are working towards achieving their daily and long-term goals, and the weather forecast is not something that is routinely checked. One of the last things that cross the mind of property owners might be their roof care plan. During extreme weather conditions, the weather may negatively affect the roof, and by the time they realize this, the interior components of the structure may already be compromised.

 

Third-party damage resulting from other home care professional services, toys, children, etc., will go unnoticed until it is too late. 

 

On the other hand, if the homeowners commit to having their roofs professionally inspected once per year, these problems can be identified and repaired proactively, ultimately saving their money for what it was intended. 

 

 

7. Improper Previous Roof Repairs 

 

Many homeowners settle for inexperienced individuals’ quick, cost-effective, band-aid repairs. Many homeowners don’t bother with a permanent remedy after a temporary solution. They don’t realize that sub-standard repairs are more expensive in the long run. Chasing leaks is always costly and frustrating.



Some homeowners contract the services from unlicensed or untrained laborers who do a shoddy repair job while using the wrong roofing materials.

 

A professional, licensed roof inspector will help pinpoint such mistakes and issues during the annual roof inspection. 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Though few homeowners may be able to spot some problems with their roof, others are only recognizable by an expert roof inspector. Also, most roof problems develop over time. Homeowners may not have the time or interest to check their roofs regularly throughout the year.

 

As a result, homeowners need to schedule their annual roof inspections to help uncover and rectify problems before they happen or become worse. NRCIA recommends that homeowners hire a licensed roof inspector to inspect, repair, and certify their roofs annually. An annual roof inspection can save their roof, time, and money.

 

 

 

 

Contact Cert-A-Roof, the NRCIA-Certified Roof inspector in Southern California, for an annual LeakFREE® Roof Inspection.

 

Great Example of An Inspection Report

Below is an inspection report compiled and published by Jeff B of Cert-A-Roof. Note the detail that was put into this report which provides homeowners with actionable insight into the health of their roof system.

 

 

 

 

Want to learn how to better utilize InspectionPLUS?

 

Contact us at support@nrcia.org to set up training for you and your team.

 

 

New Preferred Partner: RAES

NRCIA is excited to announce our new partnership with RAES!

 

RAES provides solutions exclusively for roofing and exterior contractors with custom management software and business consulting services that optimize your sales, production, and accounting operations.

While business owners and their administrative team might be adept at the professional skills customers expect, the reputation of a company can often be left vulnerable to the shortcomings of subcontractors and other associates. Whether a sales rep neglects to follow-up with a quote, your supplier loses track of your order, or your subcontractor no-call no-shows, as far as the customer is concerned, the buck stops with you and your company.

That is why Robert Budron founded RAES. His company’s driving idea is that, with the right tools, business owners in the roofing and exterior restoration industry can greatly reduce and even eliminate many of the common problems plaguing their reputation with customers. RAES focuses on developing personalized solutions for roofing and exterior contractors through a combination of technology and consultative business services.

We invite you to learn more about RAES and how they are helping owners take back control over their business, and in the process, RAES the industry standard.

Website: https://raes.io
Contact: sales@raes.solutions

 

 

 

How Insurance Companies Reduce Claims by Requiring LeakFREE® Roof Certifications

By its very nature, the insurance business is somewhat of a gamble. There are, however, ways to keep your customers’ roof claims to a minimum. All it takes is an understanding of your top risks and a knowledge of the right strategies to protect your customers’ property. One of those strategies is to require a specific type of roof certification called a LeakFREE® Roof Certification.

What Is a LeakFREE® Certification and What Does It Entail?

A LeakFREE® Roof Certification is a unique type of certification that can only be offered by members of the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association (NRCIA). This certification is a guarantee on the roof that the guarantor will assume all liability for covered damages of the roof for the certification period, usually two years. The guarantor will either repair or pay for repairs for any covered damages during that time.

A LeakFREE® Roof Certification involves:

+ A thorough roof inspection with a detailed inspection report


+ An assessment of the roof’s current health and validation that it fortified against future damage


+ A warranty is guaranteed for a set length of time, putting the liability on the guarantor for all covered damages during that time

For homeowners, this inspection is a strong asset to have, as many insurance companies will offer discounts for those with a LeakFREE® Roof Certification. In fact, some insurers will only insure homes with LeakFREE® Roof Certifications.

One NRCIA inspector served an older client whose insurance provider would only insure her wood shake roof if she received a LeakFREE® Roof Certification. He inspected her roof and gave her a repair estimate, performed the repairs, and issued her a two-year LeakFREE® Roof Certification. Not only was he able to help her get the homeowner’s insurance she needed, but he continued to inspect and re-certify her roof every two years for the remainder of the roof’s life.

How LeakFREE® Certifications Benefit Insurance Companies

The obvious benefit of a LeakFREE® Roof Certification for homeowners is that they can ensure that they won’t need to pay for any repairs that fall into the certification’s coverage. However, insurance companies benefit as well by reducing the potential of a roof claim.

An insurer can mitigate risks because a roof with a LeakFREE® Roof Certification will not need repairs for any covered damages for the length of the certification. You can rest assured that claims for this period are highly unlikely.

Second, insurers will also benefit by knowing that the roof is getting proper maintenance and repairs during its certification period. This lowers the risk for claims even after the certification period ends because many roof claims are the result of shoddy prior repairs or a lack of past maintenance. Not only will this save you the expense of paying out claims for roof repairs, but it will save you in claims for internal home damage that occurs from a roof failure, such as interior water damage from leaks.

Mitigating your risks for a roof claim is more important now than ever and this need will likely continue to rise because roofing claims appear to be increasing. For example, one particular company reported a 25% increase in roof claims from 2019 to 2020. We are also seeing increases in some of the top causes of roofing damage, such as hail losses which cost up to $14 billion per year, and fire losses which cost an average of $28 billion per year.

As climate change continues, hailstorms and wildfires are expected to increase along with other causes of roof damage. In this time of increasing risks and losses, any steps you can take to lower your claims and losses will be critical to your bottom line.

Encouraging LeakFREE® Roof Certifications Among Your Customers

If you want to reap the benefits of LeakFREE® Roof Certifications, it may be as easy as implementing a new policy for your customers. You may choose to require these specialized certifications in select circumstances or to offer a discount to any customer with a LeakFREE® Roof Certification.

In either case, the NRCIA is available to help you learn more about LeakFREE® Roof Certifications, how to entice your customers to receive them, and how to educate your customers about the benefits. Contact the NRCIA today to learn more.

The Future is Certified Roof Inspections

The dawning of a new year puts everyone in the mindset of thinking ahead while reflecting on the past. We pause to realize how much has changed and wonder what lies before us in the year ahead. This isn’t just true when it comes to your personal life. It’s true in the roofing industry, specifically with the increased demand for quality roof inspections.

 

As your experts in roofing, we’ve seen clear trends emerging in recent years and months. Our decades in the industry give us insight into trends that will be shifting the industry in the coming year. To help you stay ahead, our specialists are sharing our top predictions for roof inspections and our tips for making 2022 a year of growth for your business.

 

 

Our Predictions for the Future of Roof Inspections

 

The techniques, trends, and professional landscape of roof inspections are always changing, and keeping up with those shifts will help you to stay competitive and deliver the highest-quality service to your clients. Here’s a peek into what we expect to see in 2022.

 

Expansion of High Consumer Expectations

 

California is a cornerstone of many industries, and it’s a uniquely important player in the nationwide roof inspection market, too. Homeowners and real estate professionals in California expect and require high quality from their roofing contractors as well as their roof inspectors, and this has made it a competitive market where only the best can win. However, we’re seeing more and more Californians leaving the state and moving elsewhere.

 

As homeowners leave California, they will take their expectations to their new locations throughout the country. As a result, inspectors and contractors across the US should use this opportunity to get accredited through the NRCIA or you will be playing catch up.

 

Spread of Regulations

 

Speaking of the Golden State, California has long been a trendsetter in legislation and regulations. Oftentimes, California will make a new policy change or institute a new regulation first. Other states will watch how it goes, learn from any growing pains that appeared, and then implement a similar change with potential tweaks.

 

We expect this to continue to happen throughout 2022 and beyond. Roof inspectors nationwide should keep an eye on California’s regulations and start planning ways to adjust to those same regulations if and when their own states follow suit. If you do this, you’re less likely to find yourself scrambling to implement the changes when the law does take effect in your state.

 

Demand for Certification

 

When it comes to inspections, some markets are more informal than others. In a small rural town, it might be perfectly normal to have the local handyman inspect roofs because he happens to know a lot about construction.

 

This is likely to change, though. California homeowners, real estate professionals, and insurance professionals demand professional roof inspectors who are certified by the NRCIA. As current and former Californians continue to move throughout the country, the demand for official, specialized, certified roof inspectors will grow nationwide, so certification will become even more vital for your business. Due to the growing demand, certain municipalities are now requiring a roof to be certified during the real estate transaction

 

 

How to Keep Up with Rising Consumer Expectations as a Roof Inspector

 

Our predictions for the years ahead in roof inspections generally carry one theme: increased expectations and demands for higher-quality roof inspectors. To make sure that this works for you instead of against you, follow these top tips.

 

Continuously Update Your Knowledge

 

No one is all-knowing in the roof inspections industry. There are always new techniques and improvements that arise, tricks and tools that appear on the scene, and so on. To provide your clients with the best information about their roofs, you need to continually update your knowledge.

 

There are plenty of ways to do this. NRCIA alone offers online training courses, ride-along opportunities, and more. There are also other online courses, blogs, and seminars you can participate in to hear new ideas and refine your strategies.

 

Consider Expanding Your Specialization

 

If you want to grow your business in a competitive market, one option is to expand your expertise and become certified in forensic roof inspection. Not only will the certification open the door for many new opportunities but while you study for your certification, you’re likely to learn more about roof systems. This can make you a better choice even for clients who only need a standard roof inspection.

 

Get Involved in the Industry Community

 

No matter how long you’ve been in the business, you have plenty to learn from your fellow roof inspectors. That’s why it is so important to get involved in the roof inspection community and maintain connections with colleagues.

 

You can network with other inspectors online, attend industry events, interact in online discussion groups, and more. This will help you predict the trends and shifts in the industry much as we’ve done in this article. It’s also a strong business practice because your connections with other professionals often lead to new opportunities and referrals.

 

 

Making 2022 Your Best Year in Roof Inspections

 

The constant changes in our world can make everything feel like moving targets, but there are positives to this state of constant change. We are constantly finding new ways to help clients and deliver more information and higher-quality details in roof inspections, and if you’re keeping up, you can stay at the top of your game and your local market.

 

To learn more, check out our guide to becoming an NRCIA.

 

 

New Preferred Partner: The Roofer’s Helper

 

NRCIA is excited to announce our new partnership with The Roofer’s Helper!

 

The Roofer’s Helper is a media company that provides roofing resources for contractors and homeowners, and promotes roofing contractors and vendors on social media and the web.

 

Their roofing resources provide contractors with helpful information, tips, and news that are needed to build a successful roofing venture.

 

Follow them on Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date on the one of the biggest networks of roofers

 

 

Why is Roof Maintenance Important?

A roof is one of the most important parts of the home. It is the first line of defense against the elements. Roof systems need to be properly maintained to remain fully functional over their lifespan. There are a lot of things that go into managing a roof properly and it all depends on what stage the roof is in. 

 

Some homeowners choose to save money by skipping roof maintenance, but homeowners should not forget the level of stress and anxiety that comes from having a roof in disarray. The damage that a leaking roof can cause to the structure and safety of a home is immense. Moisture damage is one of the biggest fears of any homeowner as it weakens the home and can spur the growth of dangerous mold and bacteria.

 

There has also been an increase in roof repairs due to poor craftsmanship and roofing scams, which has led to an increased demand for roof warranties and certifications. That’s why it is important now more than ever for roof contractors and inspectors to be properly trained and certified. A certification backed by the NRCIA brings confidence to homeowners who request the services of these certified contractors. 

 

The integrity and credibility of the roofing industry are at the heart of the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association’s mission. Roofing services can be complex enough, even when done properly and the NRCIA is there to ensure that there’s a high level of professionalism and standardization within the roofing industry.

 

 

What Homeowners Need to Know

 

A homeowner needs to understand all components of their home. Homeowners need to understand the age of their roof and the maintenance schedule it follows. This is the best measure they can take to keep a roof system healthy and functional. Preventative maintenance is always cheaper than reactive repairs.

 

 

Homeowners need to ensure that they partner up with the right roofing contractor. Preferably, a contractor that follows a standardized procedure to help clients maximize their roof system’s lifespan.

 

Maximizing a Roof’s Lifespan

 

A roof’s lifespan depends on the roofing material used. Composite, asphalt or wood shingles/shake can last between 12 to 25 years with the proper maintenance, with asphalt shingles able to last up to 30 years. Copper or Slate roofs can last upwards of 50 years if properly maintained, meaning all the homeowner should be concerned about is keeping it waterproof and free of leaks. There are additional factors that determine a roof’s lifespan: the product used, the quality of the installation, and maintaining a proper maintenance schedule. That’s why it’s critical to work with a roofing contractor certified by NRCIA who can provide the LeakFREE® guarantee. 

 

Additionally, more insurance companies are requesting these types of certifications and warranties before offering policies. Some insurance companies will even give homeowners a discount on their insurance premium if the homeowner’s roof has a LeakFREE® Roof Certification. Without certifications or warranties, loans and policies can be considered riskier which translates to higher premiums or higher mortgage rates.  

 

The NRCIA Guarantee

 

NRCIA wants to help take out the guesswork of choosing a good roofing inspector and/or contractor. Instead of going with a recommendation from a  friend or neighbor, trust a recommendation from the NRCIA whose sole purpose is to bring exceptional confidence and credibility to the roofing industry.

 

Homeowners can rest assured when they see the NRCIA Certified badge on their inspector’s shirt or business card. They will be working with roofing inspectors who know exactly what to look for when assessing the structure’s roof system.

 

 

Are you interested in becoming an NRCIA Inspector?

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Becoming an NRCIA Authorized Company

 

 

A roofing company that wants to expand its business, or even potentially add a new revenue stream can earn accreditation with the NRCIA. Whether the roofing company is considering one inspector or a full team, we can accommodate any type of company.

 

NRCIA Membership

 

There are several membership levels open, each with more ways to gain new business. Members beyond the affiliate level will receive our LeakFREE training to understand the NRCIA’s process and procedures. 

 

Inspectors receive training on NRCIA’s 5-zone inspection process and how to provide their clients with a photo-centric inspection report using proprietary inspection software. NRCIA’s reporting process refines the consultation process enabling roofers to review and offer guaranteed and warrantied services for their customers. 

 

Any roofing contractor that selects to join NRCIA also joins our growing network of roofing contractors and receives unqualified leads when property owners contact the NRCIA. Learn more about the benefits and ROI of being an NRCIA member by reviewing our success guides.

 

NRCIA Authorized Company

 

Becoming an NRCIA’s Authorized Contractor allows the contractor to sign up their entire roofing team. This is a great opportunity for continuing education in the contractor’s field and industry, so the contractor can work to expand on offering services to grow their revenue streams. 

 

This team-based membership allows company administrators to manage multiple inspectors. Small and medium-sized companies can multiply their income, especially in highly-dense residential areas with this membership.

Case Study

 

Paid inspection appointments create qualified leads. By producing thorough NRCIA inspection reports, their conversions from appointments into jobs and certifications increased.

Additionally, the sale of NRCIA’s LeakFREE® roof certifications turned into a source of recurring revenue, as annual maintenance inspections are required as a condition of certification.

 

Interested in joining, but want to talk with someone first? Schedule a demo today!

 

 

 

What is a LeakFREE® Guarantee?

NRCIA Certified Inspectors specialize in providing high-quality roof inspections and certifications for residential and commercial properties. NRCIA’s LeakFREE® roof inspections provide actionable insight into a roof system and the LeakFREE® roof certification guarantees the integrity of the roof system. 

 

LeakFREE® roof inspections

 

The NRCIA maximizes roof life by using its proprietary inspection process to inspect the roof. Following the NRCIA roof inspection protocols, a trained NRCIA Certified® roof inspector begins the five-zone LeakFREE® roof inspection by examining the interior, accessible attic, and attached garage to examine any visual evidence of a roof leak.

 

 

Evidence found in the first three zones informs the roof inspector of what to inspect when they reach the rooftop. At the fourth zone, the inspector examines the building’s perimeter to look for further evidence of leaks or damage, such as water stains and dry rot. After these observations are complete, the inspector moves to the roof and performs a visual, non-destructive examination. Each roof type and material has different critical areas, and the specialist is trained to pay special attention to these potential trouble spots.

 

 

LeakFREE® roof certification

 

NRCIA’s LeakFREE® Roof Certification is more than a workmanship warranty. With the LeakFREE® Roof Certification, you can have total assurance that your entire roof — not just the repair site — will remain leak-free for the duration of your certification period. If a LeakFREE® roof experiences problems during a certification period, your NRCIA inspector will fix the problem. 

 

The inspectors or contractors need to be certified through the NRCIA to file this type of service. If issues arise or claims need to be filed; there is a simple process for the homeowner to follow to get their roof system in peak condition again.

 

The LeakFREE® Roof Certification guarantee is never prorated and will last up to ten years before another inspection and recertification need to be done on the roof in question. Some warranties and inspections will pro-rate the timeline. The LeakFREE® roof certification and warranty are valid up to ten years from the date the repairs and maintenance were completed. 

 

 

The Guarantee

 

Residential and commercial owners are guaranteed quality, detailed work from NRCIA professionals that will leave owners assured of the health and safety of their roof system. LeakFREE services can only be offered by active & credentialed NRCIA members. 

 

 

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IRE February 1-3, 2022

International Roofing Expo | New Orleans  February 1-3, 2022 

 

 

The premier roofing and exteriors event, the International Roofing Expo (IRE), is headed back to New Orleans from February 1-3, 2022. The show is taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 

 

Each year the IRE brings together thousands of residential and commercial roofing and exterior construction professionals to help them grow their careers and expand their businesses. This year’s event will feature the industry’s top suppliers and manufacturers, 60+ educational sessions taught by leading industry experts, and various networking events. To view the current floor plan and exhibitor list, visit www.theroofingexpo.com

 

During the three-day event, attendees will connect with their peers while experiencing a full range of educational sessions and activities, including the return of the keynote session. The IRE is excited to have the honorable Reid Ribble, NRCA CEO, as the keynote speaker for IRE 2022.

 

Attendees that purchase a Conference Super Pass will have access to 45 conference sessions, 20+ show floor educational sessions, the exhibit hall, keynote session, and the welcome party. The Expo Hall Pass includes access to the exhibit hall, 20+ show floor educational sessions, and the keynote session. In addition, attendees can participate in NRCA special events and training classes for an additional fee. 

 

Register today and get a FREE Expo Hall Pass or 10% Off a Conference Super Pass. Click Here to Register

 

Guided by Informa AllSecure, the International Roofing Expo aims to deliver the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its event. To learn more about Informa AllSecure, and the IRE’s health and safety measures, visit our Health & Safety Page

 

 

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