Making Sure Your Roof Work Progresses Smoothly

If you have ever replaced your roof, you know that there are strict requirements that go along with it. Inspectors from your municipality check each and every permitted roofing job to ensure that city, county, state, and federal codes are all met at various points in the roofing project.

Major inspections start as soon as the roof has been torn off. The next check-up is called the tin-tag inspection. It ensures that the very base of the roof has been secured properly to the concrete or wood roof deck, ensuring maximum water and wind uplift resistance. After all, the foundation of the roofing system sets the stage for the materials built above it.

The next major inspection, occurring on a tile roof (not shingles), occurs when the second layer of tar paper is laid on the roof and secured. Yet another inspection occurs during the progression of the installation of the roof materials (shingle, tile, metal, etc.), and of course, the final inspection went the job is complete. This inspection schedule may vary depending on the music municipality in which you live.

In order to ensure that the roof work goes as smoothly as possible, it is very important that you see the results of your inspection. You will likely be paying your contractor at intervals based on milestones of completed work. While the contractor may indeed have completed one of the milestones, ensuring that that completion is also certified by the inspector adds an additional layer of peace of mind. This helps ensure that you’re not being led astray if the inspection shows as failed which happens on a regular basis and has little bearing on the contractor’s abilities. You should insist that the inspection pass before paying for that particular draw and may even want to have contractual verbiage to that effect.

Making sure that the contractor passes each inspection means that you’ll be less likely to have to worry about poorly performed work that results in the municipality forcing a reapplication of the roofing system. Similarly, only pay your contractor the final deposit when the final inspection is complete and the roof has been finished to your satisfaction.

While this is certainly not a complete guide, we hope that this blog post helps you ensure your roofing project progresses as it’s supposed and that you’re not taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors.

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