Roofing Inspections – Free vs Paid

Is your roof suffering from leaks, draughts or weather damage? Perhaps you’re in need of a roofing survey on your potential new property? Or want to make sure your roof will last through the winter? Whether you’re taking precautions or wanting to assess the damage, a roofing inspection is a great way to understand exactly what is going on up there.

There are a number of roofing contractors out there offering inspections for a range of price points. Some may even offer a roof survey for free. But will a free inspection end up costing more in the long run? Should you fork out for a survey that you could get for free? Keep reading to discover the difference between free and paid roofing inspections.

New home checks

Often, when moving homes, you may want peace of mind that your new home is as perfect as you think. The last thing any of us want is to move into our dream home, only to suffer from leaks, cold nights and mould. A comprehensive roof survey can ensure that everything is in good working order before you sign the contract.

Generally, most roofing contractors will charge for a new home survey as they are often quite extensive and require a lot of work. By paying a little extra for a proper inspection, you could end up saving thousands in roof repairs later on, or even getting a reduced price for the property to cover the costs of repair.

Commercial inspections

Carrying out surveys on commercial buildings often involves high level access, which carries risk for the roofing company. If a contractor is using a cherry picker, upping their insurance or using multiple roofers, you should expect to see a reflection of this in their pricing. If you don’t, this may be a warning sign that they aren’t properly insured or using the right equipment.

Paid inspections, whether they’re on a commercial or domestic property, tend to be thorough and extensive, checking each and every part of your roof for any issues. This can save you a lot of money in the long run, as you will be alerted to any smaller issues early on before they develop into something that will cost a lot more to repair.

Free inspections turn out to be the opposite of just that. A roofer doing an inspection for free is on the lookout for works to cover his time so may well ‘invent’ items of work that a paid for survey will not raise. The paid for surveyor is happy as his time is covered by the fee. As a general rule, those who offer free inspections for homebuyers/sellers are short of work and will do anything to get a job out of nothing. Pay for it – it makes logical sense in the long run.

Accurate quotes

Before carrying out any work on a property, a good roofing contractor will inspect the area first to gain a full understanding of the problem at hand. Missing out or skimming over this step could mean the work carried out is unnecessary and could even damage your roof further.

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we offer complete roofing surveys for a range of purposes. We have over 30 years’ experience dealing with and resolving roof problems, so we know what to look out for, whether it’s a simple repair or an entirely new roof.