Florida Milestone Inspections by EMA Structural Engineers, Forensic Engineers

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The roofing industry recognizes EMA Professional Roof Inspections the roofing industry recognizes flat and pitched Service as a vital component of successful Roof Construction Management. Many vital areas of a roof installation are not visible for inspection upon completion and often are already covered before periodic site inspections can be made.

Full-time Quality Roof Inspection provides a set of ‘eyes’ during all installation phases. Critical areas such as fastening patterns of underlying insulation, mopping techniques, glue application, and drying times can be monitored for compliance with the contract documents and manufacturer’s standards.

Count On EMA Engineers for Roof Inspections

EMA’s professional roof inspections by PE engineers provide extensive experience observing all roof installation phases to ensure materials comply with project documents. Before starting work, our inspectors are provided specifications, shop drawings, and submittals. The inspector’s attendance at the Pre-Job Conference with respective contractual parties allows a thorough understanding of the system installation, set-up areas, and anticipated internal disruptions. The inspector generates Professional Roof Inspection Florida Reports, which delineates material and installation compliance, and documents any unforeseen contingent items to the contract. Non-compliance issues are immediately addressed with the roofing contractor, design professional or building owner to ensure proper installation of the specified roofing assembly.

The roof and roofing system are checked as part of a Professional Engineer’s roof inspection. The roof keeps rain and other weather elements out of the home or building. The Professional Engineer evaluates the general condition of the roof during ra oof inspection and estimates the remaining life on the roof. Evidence of past or present roof leakage is also assessed. The engineering report includes an expense analysis of upcoming roof repair or replacement costs.

Most roofs are made without cedar, slate, or clay tile. If a building has a pitched roof, the roof can be viewed from the site. (It is not advisable to climb onto this type of roof during an inspection as the roof can damage roof shingles, especially older ones. A leakage problem can be created simply by walking on a pitched roof surface.)

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When the Professional Engineer finds a roof leak that needs repairs, or will soon need replacement, the roof inspection report analyzes the needed repairs and replacement. This helps you plan for any upcoming roof replacement.

If the building has a pitched roof and an accessible attic, the Professional Engineer looks for evidence of roof leakage or damage to the sheathing. The Professional Engineer also looks for problems in the attic, such as the amount of insulation present, water damage, and insufficient attic ventilation.

Some roof inspections advocate walking on pitched asphalt, slate, and terracotta tile roofs. Some Inspectors lift asphalt roof shingles to determine how they were installed. This damages the roof. The slates, cedar shingles, or terracotta tiles suffer damage that can cause leakage.

Asphalt roof shingles are self-sealing. Lifting an asphalt roof shingle damages the seal. Roofing manufacturers will void a roof warranty if they determine the damage was caused by such a roof inspection on the roof.

Our Professional Engineers determine the condition of the roof by visual examination. If a Home Inspector needs to walk on the roof or lift the shingles, you should ask; Why can’t this Home Inspector determine the condition of the roof visually?  Can’t this Home Inspector see that the roof shingles are old?

In some cases, it is impossible to observe the roof before or during a roof inspection safely. If the roof is not visible, we use available satellite images of the roof to assess the roof inspections. This includes historical satellite images, allowing the roof history to be determined.

How to Inspect Roof Types

The first protection any house has against the elements is the roof, and there are a variety of roofing materials. You can learn a few basics about each material that will help you spot damage that needs to be repaired or roofing that should be replaced, as reported in roof inspections.

Slate or Clay Tile Roof Inspections

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Inspections of the three most common tile roof materials are the tiles, clay or terracotta tile, and composite or lightweight tiles. The most common tile is made of concrete, and you can identify these roofs by the thickness and absence of color on the bottom or underside of the tiles. They often have 75 years or lifetime warranties. However, they can leak sooner, depending on the quality of the artistry. Local codes and the country’s area will require these tiles to be attached with nails, construction adhesives, battens, screws, foam, or a combination of fasteners noted during roof inspections.

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Composite tile roof inspections are not as popular and are made to resemble clay tiles. They are principally installed on homes that lack the structural ability to hold much heavier concrete. Composite tiles also cost less to install.

Clay tile roof inspections come in two types: terracotta and sand cast. Terracotta tile looks just like the material of clay flower-pots. Sand cast tiles come in different colors noted during roof inspections.

Slate and clay tile roofs and even cement shingles are designed to last as long as the structure when cared for properly. However, they can be broken by hail, ice, or walking on them. Avoid walking on these materials and use a drone or binoculars to look for any missing tiles or ones that are chipped or broken roof inspections.

Wooden Shakes or Shingles roof inspections

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This is another roofing material you should not be walking on. Inspect these roofs from a ladder with binoculars or a drone camera. Wooden shakes are split by hand, and wood shingles are sawed and tapered. Weather will deteriorate wood shakes and shingles over time. See if there are missing rotted, warped, or broken shingles or shakes. As a general rule of thumb, the whole roof needs replacement if a third or more of these roofs are damaged.

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