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Cost to Hire a Roof Inspector

The roof of a home is an essential part of the building's structure. Not only does the roof protect everything inside the home, but it also helps protect the walls and foundation from the ravages of rain, ice, snow and wind. A structurally sound roof can prevent many types of damage, but to the average person, it can be difficult to tell whether or not a roof and the materials that support it are in good condition. Hiring a roof inspector allows homeowners to have the information they need about the condition of the roof of their home or one they are considering for purchase. The cost to hire a roof inspector depends on a few key factors, but the average roof inspection cost is $617 with most roofing inspections ranging in price from $488 to $746.

National Hire a Roof Inspector Costs

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National Hire a Roof Inspector Costs
Average reported cost $216
Number of Cost Profiles 1096 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $700
Most homeowners spent between: $142 to $213

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What Services Are Included

Some of the major components in the cost to hire a roof inspector are the services that the homeowner or home buyer requests. A typical roof inspection will include looking at the condition of gutters and downspouts, soffits and fascia, rooftop vents and missing shingles or flashing. Most roof inspectors charge a flat fee for their services. Additional fees might be charged if the roof has a steep slope or multiple levels, is large or is more than 50 years old. Roofs made of specialty materials such as slate might also cost extra to inspect. Some roof inspectors may charge to climb onto the roof instead of just doing a visual inspection with binoculars.

Specialty Inspections

Some homeowners want to know whether there is a heat leak around the roof. Heat leaks create unwanted air exchange with the outdoor environment and can cause an increase in utility usage, resulting in high air conditioning costs in the summer and high heating costs in the winter. An infrared roof inspection can detect this type of thermal loss. Because a roof inspector must pay for the infrared equipment, the cost of this type of roof inspection will be higher than a traditional inspection. 

Roof inspection can give a homeowner or potential buyer peace of mind about a home's condition, and inspectors will give information of any repairs needed to make a home safe and protected against the elements.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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