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3 Tools for Safe and Efficient Roof Inspections

3 Tools for Safe and Efficient Roof InspectionsA roof inspection is one of the most important parts of home inspection. Inspectors need the right tools in order to get their job done quickly, safely, and efficiently. Here are the main ones.

Ladder

The first thing you need for roof inspection is a ladder. Ladder safety is a priority since most accidents involve them. The ladder must provide enough grip so that inspectors don’t worry about balancing while climbing. Placing the ladder it is important to make sure there are at least two rungs above the gutter. It’s always a good idea to strap the ladder to the gutter with a safety strap. The load capacity of the ladder must be up to 300 lbs (136 kg). And of course, it must satisfy all OSHA and ANSI standards.

Roofing shoes

While climbing on the roof, inspectors must wear special roofing shoes. Such shoes must provide the required stability to not slip off and fall. The highlights to look out for are:

– thick and slip-resistant outsole,

– lightweight,

– shock-absorption,

– strong and solid outer material,

– good ankle support.

Hiking shoes can be a good choice for roof inspections.

Inspection software

The main purpose of roof inspections is to collect data for further decisions based on it. This way, inspectors need a tool to work with such data. The best way is the usage of special roof inspection apps. Inspectors don’t need to make any notes, they can easily and quickly fill in a pre-made mobile form with necessary fields. All data can be conveniently stored on any mobile device and it is always at hand.

Roof Inspection app from Snappii

Snappii offers the Roof Inspection app, designed for roofing industry professionals and any layman. The app allows users to collect all required details and instantly add them to the pre-made consolidated mobile form. Also, users can take and upload pictures, make notes, and add a digital signature. The completed form can be converted to the report. The report can be saved and shared as a PDF file. Watch this video to see the Roof Inspection app in action. The app is available in Apple App Store and Google Play. If you are not fully satisfied with the ready-made version of the app, the Snappii team is ready to convert it for you. For example, we can add your own forms to this app. Contact us here to discuss any app customization.

How to Make a Roof More Energy Efficient and Reduce Energy Costs

How to Make a Roof More Energy Efficient and Reduce Energy CostsSummer or winter months are usually the time of increased energy costs. The reason is more intensive use of heating and cooling systems. There are some ways to reduce energy costs in home, and energy-efficient roofing is one of them.

Adequate roof insulation

One of the ways to make a roof more energy efficient is ensuring adequate insulation. Poorly insulated attics can’t fully withstand high temperatures and force homeowners to increase energy costs. However, while improving insulation, it is important to know the optimal amount and type of insulating material that should be used.

Roof coating

Another method for increasing a roof’s energy efficiency is to add specific coating or material to the roof. Dark colors retain more heat. In its turn, there is a coating to reduce heat retention, for example special cool-roofing paint. In addition to energy efficiency, this solution contributes to increasing UV and waterproofing protection for the roof.

Energy efficient roofing materials

The following solution is suitable while roof replacement or construction of a new roof. There are special energy efficient roofing materials, which should be thought in advance. For example, metal roofing provides significant savings in energy, than shingle.

The process to start with

Considering all the variety of opportunities to increase energy efficient of roof and reduce energy costs, and keeping in mind various specific aspects of each house, homeowners should conduct roof inspection before deciding on the best strategy. The best way to make such inspection accurate, efficient, as well as fast and quite simple, is using special mobile app.

Roof Inspection app from Snappii

Snappii offers smart and multifunctional Roof Inspection app. This app is specifically designed to perform multiple types of roof inspections by using a mobile device. Roof Inspection app covers the following types of roof: asphalt shingles, clay tiles, slate, metal, wood shingles and shakes, built-up/membrane/green roof. The app users are able to collect roof inspection details in minutes right in the field, take pictures, make notes, add digital signature, generate reports and send them. This video demonstrates how Roof Inspection app works. The app is available to download in Apple App Store and Google Play. Snappii team is ready to discuss the customization of Roof Inspection app. If you have any specific requirements and you want us to implement them in the app, please send them to us.

The importance of regular roof inspections

Keep in mind, that any roof requires regular inspections regardless of the immediate problem or intention to remodel something in the roof. By making sure the roof is in good condition, you can prevent different hassles and keep safety of inhabitants.


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