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How Much Does a Roof Inspection Cost? - Revisited

How much does a roof inspection cost?

We are in a time of rising costs and roof materials continue to rise. The last time, back in Sept 2022, I looked a the Index the increase was 30% thru July 2022. Now, 7 months later the materials cost has gone up another 2.2%; which means we are quickly approaching a 35% increase over the last 24 months! This is crazy! This is also why preventive maintenance is key to saving you money.

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Here is the previous post regarding how much it costs to get an inspection.


Numbers vary widely. I have seen ranges from free to $600 and up.

I do not recommend hiring anyone who offers free roof inspections. I strongly agree with...

“In this world, you get what you pay for.” - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Overhead view of roofs

Prices vary depending on the size and height of the roof, the type

of inspection, and how much experience the inspector has.

When hiring a roof inspector, it’s important to look at more than the price. What type of business are you hiring? Does the roof inspection also offer roof repair and replacement services? Do they specialize in roof inspections or do they offer more generalized services?

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What is the average cost for a roof inspection? According to a quick internet search:

  • Home Advisor says from $221 up to $800.

  • Roofing companies may charge you anywhere from $0 to $400.

  • Angi mentions costs vary from $75 to 600.

  • For a Houston roof inspection, the Homeyou website lists options from $75 to $700.

Here are the best questions to ask if you are looking for a roof inspection in Houston.

  1. Do I get a physical inspection or do you use technology or both?

  2. How do you decide who to hire?

  3. How do I know the inspection company is qualified?

  4. Is this a reactive or proactive inspection?

At Smooth Skies Services in Houston, the main scope of the inspection includes the roof covering unless there is evidence of significant visible damage that requires an inspection of the decking and/or the structure.

Whether the inspection is physical or not, as a minimum, the report should include all of the following:

  • Evaluation of all the vents

  • Condition of the roof covering

  • Evaluation of any other roof penetration (i.e. chimneys, skylights, gables)

  • Every flashing integrity should be reported

If applicable, gutter evaluation and condition

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of any prior repairs.

Finally, it should address areas to monitor and RECOMMEND an action plan.

A physical roof inspection could be an option if:

  • Your roof is mostly flat and easily accessible

  • The inspector is qualified and knows where to step on the roof. Most people don’t know where to step on the roof. They assume you can step anywhere. This depends on the roof material and the angle.

Consider these little-known facts before hiring an inspector for a physical roof inspection:

  1. A roof inspector is not required to get on the roof to conduct a physical inspection.

  2. You are potentially liable if the inspector falls during the inspection.

Most homeowners are shocked by the huge cost of roof repairs or replacement because they're unprepared, so we created Smooth Skies Services drone inspections to help you keep track of the current state of your roof so you can extend its life and be ready when it’s time to replace it.

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If you have more questions about how much roof inspections, cost, contact Smooth Skies Services today.

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